One wonders what the WICB could have been thinking by committing to a tour of England knowing that the team’s captain would not have been part of the team for the entire period that the team would have been in the country.
Ever since Clive Lloyd was attributed with having said that Gayle was ready for the captaincy and it was thrust upon him, the region has rallied behind the young man. Journalists have endorsed him and claimed that he has been able to mould his players into a team imbued with a new spirit that suggests a climb out of the rot of the previous years is imminent.
The absence of Gayle in England with the rest of the team therefore could not have been in the best interest of the unit.
To add insult the team was later greeted with the news that Gayle requested an extension of his stay at the IPL and this was duly approved. This latter decision was probably taken by the WICB but under whose advice?
The coach of the team, Dyson, seemed to have been concerned about
the decision to extend Gayle’s absence from the team. He was clearly unhappy while admitting that he accepted the decision. He really did not have a choice, It was either acceptance or resignation.
Arriving so close to the start of the first test could not have been in anyone’s best interest, certainly not the team’s. The coach must have cringed at the prospect of Gayle’s late arrival and tried to place a good face to the rest of the team.
A Cricinfo article dated 13th May 2009 indicated that West Indies captain Chris Gayle has said that he doesn’t want to captain West Indies for much longer because of the pressure the job entailed.
Gayle is also quoted as saying “I wouldn’t be so sad” if Test cricket eventually gave way to the Twenty20 version and hit back at Andrew Strauss, who had criticised the West Indies captain for arriving from the IPL just two days before the start of the Lord’s Test, asking the England captain to “stay out of [other] people’s business”.
Gayle said, “To be honest with you there’s a possibility I might give it [captaincy] up – I will be giving it up shortly.”
Nothing about Gayle’s comments should surprise us. It seems the way of the peoples of the Caribbean. Not many seem able to cope with their own talents and too many get swell-headed as soon as they access some financial resources from their God-given talents.
The WICB is a moribund organisation woefully deficient in leadership. One Board after another has failed consistently to effect meaningful change.
One wonders what was in all of this for the Board. Did the Board have an agreement with the IPL?
Did the Board have an agreement with WIPA regarding the players contracted to the IPL?
Why did the Board so readily grasp the opportunity to tour England at this time of the year, sandwiched as it is between the English tour of the Caribbean and the visit of the Bangladesh team.
The WICB does not appear sufficiently interested in mending its ways. It is consistent in decidedly poor decision making and its performance leaves a blight on the team itself.
We ought not to be surprised therefore that the WICB remains mired in a financial malaise from which it seems impossible to extricate itself.