Gayle wants to play Test cricket for West IndiesBlackout and shutouts and not guilty pleas – football’s latest on and off the field blues

Nothing doing on the competitive cricket fields of play in the West Indies but much overseas and a lot off the field too as yesterday two standout West Indies players made their feelings about the region’s game known.


Unleashing an emotional attack on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), was former captainDwayne Bravo who has said that “too much politics is killing our cricket”.

“We’ve got the players to be up there with the best in the world but there’s a lot of things going on. Too much politics is killing our cricket. Those in charge have to look into themselves. We don’t have proper grounds, proper nets or a proper academy. All these things are a part of our downfall,” the 32-year-old was quoted as saying in the Cricket Australia website.

“The relationship between players, board members and management staff – it needs to get stronger and tighter. They need to have a lot more honesty. There’s a lot of dishonest people in charge at the moment.”

The team’s miserable run continued on Australia, losing the first of the three-Test Frank Worrell Trophy series to Australia by 122 runs, inside three days in Hobart.

Bravo, one of the finest all-rounders of the game, was stripped of the West Indies ODI captaincy a year ago and then was left out of the World Cup squad, after he players on a strike and quit a one-day tour of India in October 2014. He retired from Test cricket in January.

He will turn up for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

Chris Gayle meanwhile has admitted that he is ready to play the Boxing Day Test against Australia ifWest Indies wants his inclusion in the playing XI.

Gayle recently underwent a back surgery but the 36-year-old however expects he’ll be fit enough to play every Big Bash League game for the Melbourne Renegades this season.

If he is unable to gain full fitness, he is quite certain about making a comeback in the Tests next year. Nevertheless, he hasn’t played in the whites since 2014 with the Bangladesh series in September being his last appearance for West Indies in the Tests.

Gayle said, “There’s no way I could have actually been part of that Test team (in Hobart), I’m just coming back off injury. I haven’t retired from the game. Next year hopefully Test cricket is on the agenda.”

Gayle’s comments came as criticism continued to pour in about the tourists’ performance at Bellerive and their board’s shambolic state. He was recently seen playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for Barisal Bulls. Gayle hammered an unbeaten 92 off just 47 deliveries in a match-winning effort against Chittagong Vikings.The burly West Indian’s whirlwind knock helped Barisal Bulls chase the 136-run target set by the Chittagong Vikings with eight wickets and five overs to spare.