Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Home Sport Buford Balony Chris Gayle defends his decision play in the IPL

Chris Gayle defends his decision play in the IPL

Chris Gayle has claimed he had been frozen out by the West Indies Cricket Board and was left with no option but to choose the money-spinning IPL over national team duty.

The former captain said he was forced to accept an offer to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL because he was not sure about his place in the West Indies team, following his axing for the opening matches of Pakistan’s tour.

West Indies officials reacted angrily to Gayle’s decision, and said they were less than pleased with the manner in which the he handled the situation.

They begrudgingly gave him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the IPL.

But a few hours later Gayle blasted the WICB in a revealing radio interview from India.

He said after getting injured during the World Cup, he paid all expenses for medical treatment in Britain before returning home to Jamaica, where he took it upon himself to commence a rehabilitation programme with his personal trainer.

“A group of players were selected for a training camp in Barbados, and I never got a call, nobody spoke to me, and I decided to leave it alone,” an emotional Gayle said in an hour-long interview on Jamaican radio station, KLAS Sports.

“I continued my training programme, and I came to find out via the media that a Twenty20 squad was announced, and a One-day International squad was announced, and I was stunned when I saw a big headline in the newspapers, ‘Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul dropped’.”

Gayle said he was puzzled because no WICB official had actually called to check-up on him.

He felt the least they could have done was to call him to the training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Bridgetown, and assess his fitness before making a decision about the team.

“The only communication I have had with anyone connected with the WICB was when I sent a text message to (team physio) C.J. Clark, and gave him an update about how I was doing,” he said.

“I told him I was feeling good, the progress I was making, I was running, I was in the gym, and working. His only response was that he would send a fitness programme, which I did not receive until the IPL offer had presented itself.”

He continued: “I wanted to get back on track as quickly as possible. I wanted to play and represent West Indies.

“This was my ultimate goal, since I did not have a contract, but I was forced into this decision because teams were picked, I was not informed about what was happening, and I did not know what the future would hold.

“The matches could be played, and other players do well, and I could still be sitting on the sidelines, so I had no other choice.”

Gayle said when he requested the NOC from the WICB, there was a hive of activity, and correspondence from various officials was coming left, right, and centre.

“All of a sudden, everybody got energy, and they were trying to contact me,” he said.

“As much as I wanted to play for West Indies, they left me with no choice.

“I have served West Indies for many years, but I was disrespected a lot, and I have been playing under a lot of pressure.”

Pakistan will play one Twenty20, five ODIs and two Tests against West Indies during their tour which starts on Thursday.

The WICB, who said that so far a national squad had only been named for the T20 and first two ODIs, was “most disappointed” at Gayle’s conduct.

“The WICB does not accept Gayle’s reason for making himself unavailable but as he has already clearly made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way,” it said in a press release.

“The WICB is most disappointed in the manner in which Gayle has handled the entire situation, especially given the mature and cooperative manner in which two other players who refused contracts – Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard – made themselves available for selection and agreed to an understanding in the best interest of West Indies cricket.

“The WICB was under the clear impression that he was recovering from injury and was undergoing rehabilitation work and about to resume training.”

Aussies in the IPL

Chennai Super Kings
George Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey
Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Cameron White, Darren Lehmann (coach)

Delhi Daredevils

Travis Birt, Aaron Finch, James Hopes, Andrew McDonald, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Greg Shipperd (coach)

Kings Punjab XI

Adam Gilchrist, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Rimmington, Michael Bevan (coach)

Kochi Tuskers Kerala

John Hastings, Brad Hodge, Michael Klinger, Steve O’Keefe, Steve Smith, Geoff Lawson (coach)

Kolkata Knight Riders

Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Dav Whatmore (coach)

Mumbai Indians

Aiden Blizzard, Moises Henriques, Andrew Symonds

Pune Warriors

Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Geoff Marsh (coach)

Rajasthan Royals

Shane Warne, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Luke Pomersbach

Deccan Chargers

by Buford Balony

I am the editor I am an editor Don't know what I want but I know how to get it I wanna destroy a burger and fries

Most Popular


Social networks have become a common part of our lives, and even the youngest schoolchildren are spending more and more time on them. However, few...

Effective ways to get rid of belly fat

Effective Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat Many people have a hard time zipping up their pants. And the reason is, of course, stubborn...


Vaping is the trending way of CBD oil intake. One might initially imagine that vaping a non-psychoactive element seems like slightly of a waste....

5 Reasons Why Men Seek Sex Coaching

5 Reasons Why Men Seek Sex Coaching Therapy is a terrifying word, be it for your mental health, or worse, for sexual problems. The societal...

Recent Comments

James Wooley Jr on On this day…in 1927
anvil on She’s hot
Stavin on She’s hot
Ed on She’s hot
bub on She’s hot
pepper on She’s Hot
Buried In Sand on She’s Hot
9iron on She’s Hot
Pushpraj on She’s hot
Ted on She’s hot
Juan pena on She’s hot
Some sheerio on Ed Sheeran is quite shit
Ed on She’s hot
(Same guy who tipped you off on Gemma Atkinson) on She’s hot
Greg Hopewell on She’s hot
westernwilson on Dear Mum and Dad…
TJ on She’s hot
Mary Whitehouse on She’s hot
Mary Whitehouse on Tommy Taylor’s SRU
Mond Behane on She’s hot
mani on She’s hot
Mond Behane on She’s hot
bob on She’s hot
kokjodkj on She’s hot
John S. on She’s hot
piep sny on Can YOU see the sea?
Davina on Whose fault is it?
Herman D. Schlonger on She’s hot
Buford Balony on Who’s the mug now, Spurs?
Barney911 on She’s hot
mehsssss on She’s hot
Buford Balony on The Champions League
سکس on She’s hot
Screw the English and other foreigners on Please keep Australia, Australian
Screw the English and other foreigners on Poms who get bored with Australia can fuck off
GeronimoX on The Pink Borat-ther
Danny Thunderpants on It doesn’t take long…does it…
Albert of manly on Will Hopoate is a cow of a man
Buford Balony on Feel sexy to get chatted up
Buford Balony on Feel sexy to get chatted up
australian shepherds on Probably the best dog in the world…
Herman D. Schlonger on The Kissing Debate – wet or long?
Herman D. Schlonger on How to REALLY satisfy your boyfriend
Buford Balony on Is Megan Fox too skinny?
Buford Balony on Buford comes home
hotsonic on Buford comes home
Danny Thunderpants on Pound aren’t your usual shit
Danny Thunderpants on Pound aren’t your usual shit
Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty (ACADP) on Ronald Ryan, the last execution in Australia
Dick Swan on Fish love a penis
crystal on Fish love a penis
Rood on Animal smokers
Vandas Voice on Davo’s quote of the day
Cam on A wee whisky
Buford Balony on Buford says…AFL sucks
Buford Balony on Buford says…AFL sucks
Buford Balony on Buford says…AFL sucks
Vandas Voice on Buford says…AFL sucks
Vandas Voice on Buford says…AFL sucks
Vandas Voice on Oz smashes the Pohms