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Gibson looks beyond Gayle

cricket Updated: Jul 03, 2011 01:01 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times
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West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, made it clear that he wanted to shape the struggling side in his own way, suggesting that explosive batsman and former skipper Chris Gayle may not have a part to play in that.

The prolonged row between Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) took another turn on Friday after Gayle attacked the administration, including those in his home country Jamaica, of not showing an inclination to resolve the differences and let him back into the squad.

It is no secret that Gayle and Gibson don’t see eye to eye and the batsman accused the coach of turning against him. Gayle, in a statement released through the West Indies Players Association, has threatened to quit West Indies cricket and look to further his career elsewhere unless the issue is resolved quickly.

Gibson washed his hands off the issue but clearly indicated that even someone like Gayle will have to fit into the current system focused on reviving a team down in the dumps.

“It’s a board matter now. It’s got nothing to do with me anymore. We had a meeting last weekend. Chris knows my stance. If he has come out and made these statements it’s up to him,” Gibson said on Friday.

“The board knows what my feeling is on the whole thing. We are trying to build a team a team that can get competitive.”