Chris Gayle: In the run-up to the Twenty20 World Cup, a great battle of words has broken out in Caribbean cricket, and Chris Gayle’s usefulness in the West Indies team has been the focus of public discourse.
“I can tell you personally and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever,” Gayle (42) told a radio station
“Speaking about Curtly Ambrose. I am singling out Curtly Ambrose, one of your own. I highly respected him when I came into the West Indies team. When I just joined the team, I looked up to this man. But I am now speaking from my heart. I don’t know what, since he retired. He had against Chris Gayle. Those negative things he has been saying within the press, I don’t know if he is looking for attention but he is getting the attention. So I am just giving back the attention which he requires and which he needs,” Gayle said.
When contacted, the West Indian bowling legend said he needed time to respond.
“I will respond but I want to absorb the things he said, get my thoughts together and I will message you when I am ready to respond,” Ambrose said
Gayle went on. “I am finished with Curtly Ambrose. I have no respect, any time I see him I will tell him as well — ‘Stop being negative, support the team ahead of the World Cup.’ This team has been selected and we need past players to support us. We need that, we don’t need negative energy. In other teams, their past players support their teams, why can’t our own support us in a big tournament like this?
“We have won the tournament twice and we will be going for the third title. The team has seen what is happening. It is going to reflect on the team. If the past players continue being negative. I am Chris Gayle Universe Boss is going to be disrespectful, disrespectful verbally in their face. In the media as well. I am not going to take anything from any senior player. Curtly Ambrose pull your socks up, alright? Support for West Indies, ok? Support West Indies, that is the thing.”
Chris Gayle angry comments were a reaction to Ambrose’s comment to a radio station in Barbados a few days ago.
“No, he (Gayle) is not an automatic choice for me. The few home series (West Indies) just played. He had no scores of significance, and I have said before that if he did not do well in those home series, he should not go to the World Cup.
However, he will be at the World Cup, but for me, he is definitely not an automatic choice for starting. If he gets it going on the day, he can be destructive, but he has not done much in the last 18 months or so to really make me think he will set the World Cup alight,” Ambrose had told the Mason & Guest show
Gayle hasn’t been at her best lately. He didn’t even play in all of the Punjab Kings games in the UAE portion of the IPL and, citing bladder fatigue. He left the PBKS bubble before their campaign was over.
West Indies are the two-time defending champions of the tournament, which begins on October 17. The West Indies have qualified for the second round (Super 12 direct). Will play their first match against England on 23 October.
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