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'I told Gayle to enjoy his game' - Gibson

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August 8, 2012

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Chris Gayle scored 588 runs across all three formats against New Zealand, making his return to international cricket memorable © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography
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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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Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 18:14 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

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

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

Posted by delboy on (August 9, 2012, 17:11 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.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 13:32 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

Posted by Rally_Windies on (August 9, 2012, 13:16 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.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (August 9, 2012, 13:05 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.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 10:54 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.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 10:22 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.

Posted by estraker on (August 9, 2012, 9:58 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!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (August 9, 2012, 9:05 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!!

Posted by tommyhawk on (August 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Some people just don't know when to quit! Gayle is back in the team and it is playing well. Why continue to try to drive a wedge between Gibson and Gayle? It appears to me that Gibson was asked a question before the 1st test and he gave an honest simple answer that had nothing to do with taking credit. He was just helping Gayle to feel welcome in the team once more.

What for me is commendable and more significant is that he did not reveal what Gayle told him in return, if anything. Gibson has always kept quiet on what players tell him. And this is good.

Let's start trying to be more fair and balanced. HARD, HARD work is always important if you want to be the best.That seems to be all Gibson wants for the team. You can't become Number 1 by being mediocre.

Posted by SuperSharky on (August 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Nice to read something positive again. Gibson was a good player himself and an experienced county cricket legend. It feels that he also compromised himself. Both Gibson, Gayle and West Indies cricket had turn out for the better. Now I just hope that this irie vibe can last as long as Clive Loyd's innings.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (August 9, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

I'm Not sure of how Samuels would go as a test opener but if i were the selectors i would most definitely try him opening in tests with Gayle. Powell, Barath and Brathwaite i believe is for the future but for now my best test 11 would be.......... : 1. Gayle, 2. Samuels, 3. Sarwan, 4. D.M. Bravo (Wktkpr), 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Deonarine, 7. Sammy/ D.J. Bravo (Capt), 8. Roach, 9. Rampaul, 10. Narine, 11. D. Johnson.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

I presonally feel that the players are not confortable with Coach Gibson's attitude and management style... He can takes any credit for WI success in the last played series.. the faster they get rid of Gibson, it will be more winnings for WI. No coach drives fear into his players and expect them to perform at their best...no wonder England got rid of him and no he's playing as if he's indispensible to WI....

Posted by simonviller on (August 9, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

The thruth is ,Mr Gibson could do, or say nothing to please his detractors ! To those who think that he is taking credit for Gayle's success ,by such comments ,are themselves delusional . To those who credited Gayle for WI winning ,are but the same . It's a team sport and no matter the success of one individual ,the contrbutions of others are needed ; Roach ,Best and Powell for example ,whom you fail to mention .

Posted by blackie on (August 9, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

With all due respect; i think i've read more nonsense here than i have read for a while re Windies cricket. Even though Gibson can't possibly take credit for gayle's Ist test success, I dont think he tried to. he just said what he told Gayle. Some of us dont understand leadership at all. A leader often has to make unpopular decisions especially in crises; and Windies cricket was in crisis. If gibson believed some players were causing problems for the team and he excluded them, thats his right as part of management. if a worker at your workplace was being a problem or causing problems and he got fired, would you think management was bad or wrong. People, we were getting occasional flashes of brilliance like Taylor vs England in Jamaica and Gayle's triple centuries etc but we were hardly ever winning and hardly being competitive. Now we are doing both. Is this what we want or do we just want to see our favourite players?

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 9, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Sorry Gibson but the best test team for West Indies in test is 1)Gayle 2) Samuels 3) Sarwan 4) Chanderpaul 5) Nash 6) Deonarine 7) Dwayne Bravo 8) Darren Bravo 9) Andre Rusell 10) Kemar Roach 11) Tino Best 12 ) Fiedel Edwards 13) Jerome Taylor 14) Narine 15) Bishoo 16) Shilliongford 17) Ramdin (Because there is not a good keeper other than him at present moment)

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Gibson has got to be kidding! Gibby continues to be one of the problems confronting WI Cricket. They out duelled a defanged and out gunned New Zealand and now he wants credit for Mr. Gayle's resurgence. Go fly a kite, Gibby!

Posted by noplay on (August 9, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I can just imagine that chat: "Go out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Just be yourself like you were before I started all this stuff". West Indies has serious problems and Gibson's haste to make it sound alright does the opposite. It exposes the lack of thinking where people rush to say things. This is nowhere close to damage control. And for those of you who are saying even with the great Lara the team underperformed, show me where we could beat England, Australia, India. South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Posted by Ramcharitarvishal on (August 9, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Cheap shot by Gibson, you are sponging off Gayle's, Narine's and Marlon's success. I never knew what even qualified you to be coach in the first place with all your poor records. You were just in the right place at the right time in my book. Please resign!!!!!!! I beg you. Who say Ambrose and Bishop for coach or combined..... Hmmm.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 9, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Gibson and Sammy have been, and are, good for West Indies cricket. The bottom line is results, and if telling a few people to buck their ideas up is what is needed, then so be it. Test cricket is a very demanding game, add to that the modern carnival that is T20, plus endless ODI series all over the place, and you can see that modern players, management and coaches have a lot to deal with. Therefore, no passengers are allowed. EVERYBODY must pull hard, and in the same direction...which for now, appears to be upwards!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

The West Indies Team won the Series along with Coach Gibson. Thanks guys!!!

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (August 9, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Gibson and sammy will never be good enough for some.... but the reality is that they have arguably better records than all before them since walsh's retiment. there is no inconsistency in his statements. to say that seniors need to pull their weight is same as saying we need committed seniors. even with the great BRIAN LARA our team underperformed. Gibson has a philosophy that every successful sport team recognises- that the team is bigger than individuals.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Gayle won the games for WI now Gibson wants the credit.....haha ....Gibson must go.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

can gibson say the same to KP ?

Posted by Rahulbose on (August 8, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

I never understood why WI is still employing Gibson. He has done to WI team what Greg Chappell did to India. Driven out all the best players in order to maintain control over the team. Gibson must have friends in high places.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Seriously the West Indies need to rethink who they appoint to manage their cricket. Gibson has gotta go. What a phoney . I told Gayle to go out and enjoy himself. he will now take credit for Gayle's batting too. It's because of Gibson that the WI team is in tatters today; screwing with Sarwan's career, giving advice to Chanderpual ( A world no 1 test batsman), Keeping Gayle abd Bravo out, mismanaging Jerome Taylor etc . If I can see this as an Indian and a big fan of the mighty Westindies why cant the WI fans see it. There is some serious talent out there

Posted by Baundele on (August 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

The myth about West Indies playing as a TEAM is wrong. In fact, most of Gibson's favorite players have been already dropped after consistent failures. The current team wins against below average teams like NZ because of Narine, Gayle, Samuels, Roach, Rampaul, Pollard, D. Bravo, Russell etc. Gibson does not deserve credit for any of them. Sami himself is wasting a place and keeping better players like Russell and D. Bravo out. If West Indies truly fields a team of Gibson's choice, they will be easily white washed by Bangladesh like they were in 2009.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Chris is a West Indian Talisman!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Much of the analysis here is fundamentally dishonest! Gibson's contentious statement following the World Cup was that senior players needed to 'pull there weight'. That is not at all inconsistent with 'we need senior players who are committed'. Chanderpaul being the ultimate senior professional and statesman handled the thing quite differently to the other two. That is why he remained in the Test Team while Gayle and Sarwan were out. Than Sarwan also did not open any doors when he declared that he was committing to his English county as opposed to being available to the West Indies. Gibson and Sammy may not be the best Coach and Captain, but on the evidence of the last 15 years they are having the best effect! By the way, Sammy has a career test batting average of 22.2, and in the last 12 months it is 30.45. Not bad for a number 8 who also has the responsibility of captaining the most difficult side in the world so to do.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 8, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

ahahahahah !! Since when did Chris Gayle start hearing out people ??!! The maan knows only 1 way of playing cricket - See tha baall, hit tha baall !!!

Posted by drnaveed on (August 8, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

gibson , bring back sarwan also.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Gibson's contract should be renewed now as a vote of confidence. Sammy while not performing as I believe he can has been a positive influence on the team. To be fair he is not the best 3rd seamer we have and is underperforming as a batsman. In my opinion he should be batting at 6 or 7 and playing as a batting AR and allow another bowler to be picked

Posted by inot on (August 8, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

SERIOUSLY!! So what did he tell the failures like Bharat, Kirk Edwards, Sammy, Baugh, Ramdin, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo etc ? Now suddenly, because the experienced players (Gayle, Chanderpaul and Smauels ) are showing up the young players he has changed his tune to "WI need experienced players who are committed". Didn't he instigate action against the senior players after the world cup? This man is clueless.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

west indies cant win without their superior players like Gayle. Thats the truth if they continue without these player they will be out of cricket

Posted by goldeneye075 on (August 8, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Really ??? ;-) lol :-) ;-) ;-)

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

The thing is everyone commenting here does not know what was said to the senior players. We were not in the meetings. All we have are speculations and all that junk. I don't know how he has messed up WI cricket, when it was in the slumbs already for so long.

Posted by xylo on (August 8, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Wow. "I asked the batsman to have breakfast for the morning" and it produced spectacular results.

Posted by creekeetman on (August 8, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

@ baboolal... winning against who exactly, the worst nz team ever? bangladesh? defeat a real team in a full series, especially away... then talk.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Check out the latest ICC rankings. http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/current/page/211271.html West Rank 5th in T20, 7 in ODI and Test. When was the last time we had such rankings? Thanks Gibson and Sammy for helping to restore our cricket to some pride.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (August 8, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

he also told Chanderpaul, that he does not know how to bat and asked Chaderpaul to retire ......

does he get a medal for that as well ?

rubbish ... if Gibson feels his "advice" had anything to do with Gayle's performance he is a clown.

Gibson, the writing is on the wall,

Gibson has accomplished NOTHING as coach ..

all his young protegees have FAILED...

the selectors axing Gibson's charges and selecting the players who should have always been on the team is responsible for the win....

Powell's 100 was as a result of batting with Chris Gayle, NOT because of Gibson's coaching .....

@MR. Hamilton -> in the 2 years before Gayle was dropped his average was 60, Sarwan's was 50 in that same period ... Chanderpaul's was 70.... what exactly is your definition of abysmal ? and Gibson decided to drop all 3 !

Posted by vj3478 on (August 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Gibson should have said "forget about me" and Gayle would have scored 400 :P

Posted by baboolal on (August 8, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

The only reason why the Windies are on the up is because of Sammy. The team are playing for one another and this has nothing to do with Chris Gayle`s inclusion. They are playing as a unit and there is no one supertstar. No one on this present team could do the job better than Sammy. We are winning and you guys are still moaning.

Posted by delboy on (August 8, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

If Ireland are not worthy of test status then Gibson and Phil Simmons should swop jobs now.

Posted by Riderstorm on (August 8, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

The situation doesn't demand such a statement from Otis Gibson. As Gayle wasn't struggling to get runs at any point of time. It was his attitude and his relationship with the management that went bad. Nothing to take away from Gibson, he and sammy have done a focussed job of putting together a TEAM and not a bunch of talented individuals who were struggling to perform together. Kudos to that. Gayle on the other hand with a understanding management could further WI status as a cricketing nation.

Posted by ARJa on (August 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Seriously people. Get a grip. How can Gibson and Sammy be the problem? The team actually looks like they are making an effort to win, with or without talent. That is more than what could be said about the previous teams which were full of big names. Everyone seems to forget that a batting line up of Gayle, Sarwan, Hinds, Lara and Chanderpaul were dismissed below 100 at home twice in 2004 against England. Its amazing how many people are talking about removing Gayle and Sammy, when the team actually starts to win matches. They must either hate Gibson and Sammy personally, or really hate west indies cricket to drive it to the ground. Just let the team play cricket. We have had enough distractions already. Atleast we know Sammy won't abandon the team for Contract disputes or T20 club cricket in other countries. Given how the big names behaved during the last decade, that should be plenty to give Sammy a permanent place. This team fought against Aussies and England better than other teams.

Posted by Stos on (August 8, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

@Outswinging: It's not as if the West Indies have gotten any worse under Gibson's reign than they had been for years, if anything they're actually putting in some effort and competing for once rather than looking half-somnolent. Gibson can hardly apologize for what he has 'done' to a West Indies team that were already pretty awful and, if anything, are starting to show signs of improvement on a consistent basis.

Posted by razeez on (August 8, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

For a man that claims to have such a clear focus on team unity and commitment, he sure seems to be oblivious to dissatisfaction of players an awful lot of the time; almost never knowing where players are coming from with their accusations of mismanagement. Ironic.

Posted by Reuelsean on (August 8, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Gibson is such a joke. Himself and Sammy were part of the reason that gayle was out of the side for as long as he was, now he wants to comeback and take credit for Gayle's successful return.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

'I told Chris Gayle to enjoy his game'. A uttered piece of nonsense! It would be better for Gibson to demurred on that statement. Gibson had a spat with Chandrapaul before - wanting him to change his batting style. Now, what can he say to Gayle - occupy the crease, get quick runs! Gayle has played more test cricket than the #of days GIbson had spent playing professional county cricket - hence the reason why Gibson felt intimidated and threatened by the senior players - Gayle, Chandra, Sawan Bravo, Taylor,Nash, Pollard. That is the reason why Sammy is always going to be the captain - a 'yes man' for Gibson.

Posted by mrhamilton on (August 8, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Sarwan has only himself to blame. If he would stop doing interviews and start getting in shape and form there is a place for him once chanderpaul retires or even now as a back up. For a series against South Africa for example on home soil, imagine a committed motivated team of Gayle, Sarwan,Bravo jnr,Samuels,Chanderpaul, Sammy,Ramdin,Roach,Best,Narine, Johnson. Of course there is still sadness in my heart as a windies supporter that the years 2002-2010 were so pitiful when a team with talents like Lara,Samuels, Best, Edwards, Taylor,Bravo snr,Sarwan,Gayle and Hinds should really really have done much much better than they did do. So all those people criticising Gibson and Sammy remember that!

Posted by Outswinging on (August 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Otis Gibson is part of the problem, which has seen the WI further demise over the past few years. This is a total joke. Gibson and the WICB should publicly apologise to the Caribbean for what they have done to the WI team and the careers of some pretty good cricketers. Otis and the WICB have vanquished the careers of Sarwan and Taylor. Let us not forget that this is the man who was "advising" Chanderpaul how to bat - what's wrong with that absurd visual. Let Gibson take credit for Sammy and Ramdin. Let's move on, change the WICB, remove Gibson, post haste, and let's get a competent, capable, professional West Indian to manage the WI team. The WICB and WI cricket needs the counsel of Sir Vivian Richards, Holding, Walsh, Garner and Andy Roberts.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

gibson should realise that he is not king,wicb has selectors who must decides who [plays or not ,not gibson,otherwise why do we need selectors. gibson must also realise that in order for wi team to do better that sammy is not a test player. the wicb and selectors must realise that also.

Posted by mrhamilton on (August 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Looking at the first four comments printed, here we go again.....how exactly shouldnt Gibson be commended for improving the culture and attitude of windian cricket and bringng back the fighting spirit and pride that has been lacking since walsh and ambrose retired in 2000/01? Gayle,sarwan,best, samuels, edwards and others were playing for 7-8 years before Gibson and their results were abysmal to say the least. Gibson and his appointed man Sammy have led by example and bought in youngsters who have shamed the senior players into also towing the line.... youngsters like Roach, Sammy,Bravo jnr, Powell,Bishoo etc have all shown pride and commitment aided by more talented veterans Chanderpaul and Samuels. Now with a refreshed refocused Gayle dropping the anchor up top, and Best finally at this late stage showing commitment, the windies are going to go on a Pakistan like recovery this next 2 years u guys watch. The T20 world cup will be the 1st trophy. Delorn Johnson will be the next star

Posted by Triniboss501 on (August 8, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Ottis Gibson is performing damage control as not to lose face. I do understand him though as he works for the WICB and he has to execute their agenda. I will tell you Gibson most likely has more leeway now as the core problem which was "strong man" Mr. Hillarie is gone. His tenure was very controversial to say the least and Hillarie is the architect of Gayle absense and having so much inexperience players populate the team. While this win was great and I hope we can get more, there is still lots of work to be done. It really hurts wne talented young WI players have no where to go necessary to build up their skills to the level necessary to compete. There is nothing in the caribbean for them to grow. England county cricket is no longer taking WI at will as in the past. This is the core issue of cricket in the caribbean. Senior player can help but one day the youner ones will have to put up.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (August 8, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Ottis who? Why can't you tell other players also "enjoy" cricket ? So that everyone can bat like Gayle did!! How good of you coming out spoke so bravely and try to get the credit himself from the hard work and class of Gayle. Rubbish

Posted by MrPontingToYou on (August 8, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

sarwan is overrated, lacks disipline, and usually fails when needed most. those calling for his return must have started watching cricket yesterday. btw, ottis is a hypocrite.

Posted by delboy on (August 8, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

@Burbon that advice as given after the first test. That explains Chris' unorthodox performances since.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

As I read this article I couldn't help but smile knowing that Coach Gibson's contract is soon up for renewal.

Posted by tappee74 on (August 8, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

It seem as though the team has taken some shape,but i will not credit this on Gibson or any of his colleague.They have created an unrepairable damage to the image of West Indies cricket.Had they handled situation on a more level base,we could have been enjoying some respect and more victories.Gayle and the Caribbean people know too well how we were robbed because of those who put their pride before the interest of our people.

Posted by Baundele on (August 8, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Regarding Sarwan, when Ottis says he did not know if there was an issue (while Sarwan had to speak even to the media), Ottis is either lying or proving his incompetence in understanding the players. Either way he is not a good coach, he is acting just like a politician, who takes credit in every achievement and blames others for every failure.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Nobody tells THE Gayle ... anything....

Posted by bharath74 on (August 8, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Probably thats why Gayle is not smiling at the presentations.

Posted by Burbon on (August 8, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

This is funny stuff.Otis telling Chris something he's been doing all his Career (enjoying his cricket ) and taking credit for Gayle heavy scoring ,something he's being doing around the world the last 15 mth.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Who is Otis kidding? He is trying to backtrack on his views about senior players an dat the same time trying to take credit for their performance. News flash: Gayle et al were doing what the do now, long before Gibson cane on the scene. Gibson should reach out to Sarwan and fast track him into the team if he is really serious about not having an issue with Sarwan.

Posted by Jishnu.v.v on (August 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Gibson is not a good coach. You cant treat players of the class of sarwan like your school pupils. Yes, discipline is important but there needs to be a way of discipling folks and not by demoralizing them.

Please WICB, please get Sarwan back to the WI team. he is a great asset.. Always loved his batting. Great to watch.

Posted by luks on (August 8, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Gibson is just trying to take some credit for Gayle's success. What was the need for him to state the obvious? Obviously players should enjoy themselves to perform at their best.

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