West Indies news August 8, 2012

'I told Gayle to enjoy his game' - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson told opener Chris Gayle to "enjoy his cricket" and be himself ahead of his return to international cricket, Gibson has revealed. Gayle, playing for West Indies against New Zealand after 15 months out of the side, was the highest run-getter in limited-overs leg of the series with 138 runs in two T20Is and 220 runs in five ODIs. He scored 230 runs in the two Tests that followed, including a 150 in the first Test in Antigua to help West Indies take a series lead.

"He's been back to his normal self. We had a chat when he came back into the team and I said, 'Look, just be yourself; be the person that you are, the person that you were before all this stuff started and, more importantly, just enjoy your cricket'," Gibson told Trinidad Express.

"It seems to me that when our players go out into the world to play cricket, when you see them on TV, they look like they are enjoying their cricket. Sometimes when you see them on our TV, it doesn't look like they are enjoying it as much. I just urged him to enjoy his cricket and if he wasn't, to say so."

West Indies won all three format legs against New Zealand, ending with a 2-0 Test series win, the first time since 2002 the side had won back-to-back Tests.

Gibson said West Indies needed experienced, committed players to move ahead.

"We need experienced players that are committed...committed to the cause of the team, whether that be fitness, whether that be attitude, whether that be supporting other people. But we need to change the culture around the team and culture change is difficult."

One player who was an integral part of a struggling West Indies side in the last decade was batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan. He lost his central contract in 2010 owing to an "extremely indifferent attitude and sporadic approach towards fitness", and played four Tests since, the last of which was in 2011, against India.

Sarwan had told BBC Sport in May, 2012, that he was hurt "mentally and emotionally" due to some stern words by the coach. Gibson, however, said he hadn't closed the door on Sarwan.

"I've never had an issue with Sarwan. Never once in my three years here have I had an issue with Sarwan. I was very disappointed to hear [Sarwan's interview with BBC Sport] because I don't know where there was an issue. But I've always said we can't go where we want to go without our experienced players."

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  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    The more I read Mr.Gibson's comments it is the more I want to puke.I need some one to remind me when Mr.Gibson said that we cant go any where without our experienced players.It was more likely that we cant go any place with them.Not to beat up on a dead horse but wasnt his first action was to get rid of them? Was his dislike of Sarwan made up? Can his I never had an issue with Sarwan hold up? Really coach level with us ,what happened to Taylor?Another question what was David Williams sin that he was fired? Could be that he did not have the right image to sit with you in the stands? You must know by now that you are the most unpopular coach we have ever had and you are a West Indian.Time for some soul searching Mr.Gibson

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Rally_Windies. You have real issues bro. You read all that into Gibson's media induced comment.

  • Derek on August 9, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    A number of extra modules have been added to the coaches qualification since Gibson qualified as a coach. He needs to at least do that on module on Equity in coaching.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I recall that it was Gibson who from the get go got rid of the experienced players.What a bunch of hypocrsy for him to now acknowledge that Gayle's place on the team provided just that.They are trying to dance away from this with statements like it was team effort and not just one man.Every body understands team effort but that was supposed to exist before Gayle.I remember Gibson saying with some arrogance that when we have team meetings You can be assured we are not thinking of Gayle.I also remember him saying about Schanderpaul who was then the #1 in the world that he knows the kind of team that he Gibson is trying to develop and that he chanderpaul will ave to decide whether he wants to be part of it or not.I have not heard any statements made towards Sarwan,but there is one devasted experience player thrown out.A curious question remains in my thoughts.Why is it that Sammy has never thrown Gayle the ball? It would be nice to compare their bowling records

  • Ali on August 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    the coach is supposed to be an adult and manage the Egos on the team.

    Gibson is a 2 year old child with the BIGGEST ego on the WI team and his 1st act as coach was to drop Bravo, Chanderpaul, Sarawan, Gayle and Taylor. He also verbally assaulted the "senior players" in the media..

    now in subsequent interviews he has said that the "senior players' are not specifically, Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarawan, Bravo or Taylor....

    So now may I ask who was he talking about?

    now to add to being an egomaniac he is APPARENTLY also now a liar.

    I don't care what he knows about cricket or how he performs as the coach, his personality is a destructive and divisive force on the team.

    A coach is supposed to mold team unity ! only an incompetent coach would revert to using substandard players because they are easier for him to man manage.

  • Ali on August 9, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    the coach gibson said negative stuff about the "senior players" and 1st act as coach was to drop, Taylor, Gayle, Chanderaul and Sarawan form the team..

    Now Gibson has said in separate interviews that he has no issue with Gayle, Sarawan, Chanderpaul or Taylor .....

    Huh, how about that! Who on earth were those "senior players" he had an issue with?

    @simonviller - Mr. Gibson has watched his plan fail as Mauthurin, Sammy, Barath, Powell, Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards, all fail, fail and fail, in narrow losses where any of them having a half decent performance would have changed the result from loss to draw or victory.

    Gibson is NOT responsible for (1) Chanderpaul's runs (2) Samuel's runs (3) Gayle's runs (4) Roach's wickets (5) Narine's wickets

    in fact Gibson has negatively affected Chadnerpaul and robbed the team of Gayle because he was the one behind the unjustified dropping of Gayle that led to the stand off. Gibson started the Gayle fiasco.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Tommyhawk makes a good point: There is really now point in trying to perpetuate a conflict that both men have obviously worked to resolve! In any event, 'enjoy yourself' is hardly any cricketing advice, and those who suggest it is an attempt to take credit are reaching for an imagined conflict in their own mind. If anything Gibson was doing what is required to take some pressure off his senior pro. It is also so sad, but more fundamentally dishonest that some would seek to exclude the contributions of Sammy from the recent successes of the West Indies Team. Let's take only the recent game as a case in point. While 32 is far behind 123, it was the second best contribution in the WI's first innings and ensured NZ's lead was only 51 as opposed to 83. His excellent economy rate also had a significant impact on the type of total NZ could get. Then, and perhaps even more significantly, he must be credited with the decision to bowl Deonarine at the times he did.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    best+roach combination was awesome.better den watchin whole olympics.just add j.taylor.or d.johnsonor russel and that will be treat.sammy cant even bowl out tailenders.best now is the fastest bowler after delange in the world.

  • ethel on August 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Gibson, what a load of hogwash. Why can`t you be at least honest for once in your life about the senior players like gayle, sarwan and the others. At that meeting after the last world cup when gayle said what he thought and BENN agreed with him did you not punish him for saying what he said? You never thought that gayle would have been so succesful in the IPL, did you? I think that the heads of the Caricom should have insisted that you resign also since you were the person responsable for Gayle not playing after the last World Cup. As far as i am concerned you ,gibson, is the worst coach that could have taken that job. I have not seen the improvement in the bowling department,your department. Why is it that roach cannot get that ball swing? I would bet that you do not know how to! By trying to eliminate Gayle and the others prevented the caribbean from engoying their cricket. Do the honerable .....RESIGN!

  • VINODK on August 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Does Gayle who is truly one of the few great players of this generation really need advice from someone whos international record was average at best? Some people badly need a reality check!!

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