Its another being a test captain of one of the traditional and most beloved test cricketing nations in the game's history, saying he wouldn't mind if test cricket was wiped out.
Of course, if his comments were in jest or pulling the interviewer's leg, then its a totally different matter.
But if there was truth to it, its a very serious issue. This isn't Dwayne Smith saying it, its the test captain.
As I say though - I think we can say fairly safely that Gayle isn't Test captain by choice. He doesn't seem to think he volunteered for this.
Surely if he doesn't want it he should just resign and someone else who is more up for it can do it?
Hasn't he already tried, at least once? And BTSOT, he'll be trying again pretty soon.
I've said it before, but Gayle just doesn't fit the traditional archetype of captain, not at all. So him being captain is always going to offend the sensibility of plenty.
Agree with the opinion that Chris Gayle does not appear to be the most willing of captains. Gayle would be more than happy to just stand at slip all day, send down some over’s, then have a swing with the bat; nothing more.
Cannot ignore that he is one of the more successful West Indian captains in years. But it is hard to suggest that Gayle's captaincy has been a reason for the turnaround in West Indian fortunes. That can be attributed to certain talented individuals stepping up there game (Sarwan, Taylor).
I hope he stays on as captain. Never been a fan of Sarwan as leader, Chanderpaul doesn’t require the burden and none of the other players are secure enough in the team to hold the captaincy role. For cricketing fans, it is great for the game to have Gayle in-charge. Possibly the most unique personality in the game. He provides us with numerous opportunities to discuss different aspects of the game. Can you really imagine Andrew Strauss, Ricky Ponting, Dan Vettori coming out with such articles? Hardly.
Originally Posted by Gayle Force
:laugh::lol::lol:, Chris Gayle 2 the ***********HH WORLDDDD....Yardman forever, that nigga made a mess of Strauss & England the gangster way!!Quote:
Originally Posted by Gayle Force
Sad comments from Gayle and if he goes, Ramdin may become captain. :-O You know the guy who can't even average over 25 with the bat.
It's the start of the slide, and everyone is too engrossed in the watered down baseball we have tarnishing our very hallowed turfs at the moment.. Everyone wants cheerleaders muffs and thats precisely what they will get when everyone goes the way of Gayle.. Perhaps we'll be left with a crowd of journeymen who actually like 4-5 day cricket playing.. Recalls for Mark Lathwell and Philip Tuffnell anyone?
Really disappointing what Gayle has said, even more so because he was one of my favourite cricketers. Not that he would care at all, but i've lost a lot of respect for him now. Test cricket IS cricket, if that goes, then so does cricket all together.
Agree with the people earlier on, think it's more of a reflection of annoyance at the current situation than him wishing for the death of Test cricket.
It would be interesting to ask him how he much he enjoyed the recent Test success against England.
WI and Pakistan, the only two sides where being a captain of the national cricket team seems to be a burden, not a privilege.
I don't see why we all need to worship at the alter of Test cricket, and treat it as if it's a deity that stands above us all to marvel at.
There are a lot of young cricket fans who have no time for Test cricket, and are only interested in 20/20 or ODI cricket. And in the Caribbean, the Test crowds have dwindled so much. But 20/20 internationals in the Caribbean are sold out!
So, Gayle and company earn more playing 20/20 cricket, get larger crowds, and perform well in that format. He's just speaking the truth as he sees it....
Better than some of those cricketers, who just put out the PR platitudes in honour of the Great Lord Test Cricket.