Chris Gayle: ‘I have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever’

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Chris Gayle had stern words for Curtly Ambrose after the former West Indies fast bowler said that the batter wouldn’t be his automatic pick in the West Indies XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which begins on Sunday in UAE.

Gayle hit back at Ambrose saying he has “no respect” for the former player and that he is “finished” with him.

“I am 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,” Gayle told The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St Kitts, on Tuesday.

“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, what 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.

“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, who was part of the 2012 and 2016 World Cup-winning teams, added that if former West Indies players “continue to be negative” and not support the team, then the “Universe Boss is going to be disrespectful, disrespectful verbally in their face”.

“I am finished with Curtly Ambrose,” Gayle, 42, said. “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. 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.”

“This team has been selected and we need past players to support us. We need that, we don’t need negative energy”
Chris Gayle

Last week, Ambrose spoke about Gayle’s recent lack of form going into the World Cup. Since the start of 2021, Gayle has accumulated just 227 runs in 16 T20Is, averaging 17.46 with a lone fifty to his name.

The opener had left the IPL bubble to stay fresh for the global tournament after playing just two matches – where he scored 1 and 14 – for the Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of the tournament. Before the IPL, Gayle had scored 165 runs at an average of 18.33 in nine matches for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Though Ambrose felt that if Gayle gets going, “he can still be destructive”, he said the batter “hasn’t done much in the last 18 months to convince me that he will set the World Cup alight.”

“For me, Gayle is definitely not an automatic choice for starting,” Ambrose said on a radio talk show in Barbados. “When you look at his exploits over the last 18 months, he has struggled not only for the West Indies, but other T20 franchises. The few home series we played, he hasn’t had any scores of significance.”

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58 COMMENTS

  1. Was Gayle on rum or some drug when he said this? He does not sound as if he is sober. Have to admit I am not a Gayle fan because I always saw him as selfish. This is a quality that does not work for a teams sport

    • How can you say Gayle is selfish and the team reflects different . Are you a player . You sound so much as a Chris Gayle hater

  2. I guess CWI should put a gag order on Chris and perhaps Curtly as well if possible.
    Thereafter they need to have a beer summit to sort out their differences.
    This is not good for WI Cricket. The young players are looking and watching

    • I am not surprised by the outrageous comments from Chris, a selfish and narcissist who calls himself “Universe Boss”. This term has no plausible meaning and only the school kids might fancy. Chris needs to come down to earth and acknowledge that he is old enough and has nothing to give to his team as a player. What Ambrose mention is correct and he mentioned in a generous way which can be expected from a veteran. But Chris sounds outrageous as usual.

    • Chris Gayle has no class, remember sarwan incident,
      Can anybody rightfully say ambrose is lying, well statistics don’t lie.
      Constructive criticism should be Gayle motivation to shut his critics up.
      Ambrose love the west Indians team and wish for them to do well ,because he is a winner like all the past west Indian greats

      • Chris Gayle is a moron ,who lacks class
        Statistics don’t lie Chris, you’re very lucky to be in the team
        Curtly ambrose is a decent and great man who only speak the truth simply because he very passionate about west indie cricket and wish for the team to do well
        Chris Gayle needs a brain

    • Chris and Curtly are two iconic figures of the West Indies, past and present but if these rumours about Chris start to circulate then its not good for him. Chris age is against him…. Any rumours is against him…we don’t want Chris to be another Brian Lara of insult when all three represents the West Indies with intense enthusiasm, we jump and prance for joy with their performances over the years!

      The team is picked so lets support the boys and free them from all drama on their journey to the competition!!!!!!

  3. Was this the same guy who was very critical of the former WI captain?(Ask Sammy) Frankly, he lacks class and decency. He have no credibility and if he was from one of those so called small Islands, he wouldn’t be in the team.

  4. “Last week, Ambrose spoke about Gayle’s recent lack of form going into the World Cup. Since the start of 2021, Gayle has accumulated just 227 runs in 16 T20Is, averaging 17.46 with a lone fifty to his name.”

    The opener had left the IPL bubble to stay fresh for the global tournament after playing just two matches – where he scored 1 and 14 – for the Punjab Kings …….ok so wa he really want the great man fu say??? Man sound like a total dunce

  5. I am planning to come to Antigua to watch West Indies and England if scheduled in the New Year. However,if Gayle is in the side,me nar come. The man cannot run and or field. In my opinion he should not be in the side now, ahead of Jason Holder.

    • @ Falcon and the Snowman you’re planning to come to Antigua next year . Nothing to do with Covid but ” Gods willing” because tomorrow doesn’t belong to us never mind next year.
      Blessings hope to see you

      • @I want you to be there:God is in the midst of all things. The operative word is, planning. I am hoping by the time the venue scheduled is released. That Covid would be arrested,under controlled, to that point where by Cricket Lovers could come down and enjoy the time. I have been there many times for Test Matches at Sir Viv.Cricket Stadium and fully enjoyed it. Then its off to the Beaches and Beach-Limerz,to eat. I did not come last year and this year so far. I am rearing and ready to come,when that time is right for me.Stay safe all,follow the protocols and your good judgments.

  6. Y’all sound salty af.. Eventho i am not a fan, but Chris Gayle is one of, if not the greatest t20 batsman on the planet.. That dude can win any game single handedly.. Growing up I love to watch Ambrose to but I’d not take any side because the two of them are both egotistical pos..

  7. Chris Gayle should never be selected, Johnson Charles should be selected. Take a rest Chris you way past your time be honest to yourself n West Indies cricket. Jason Holder should be in the Starting 11

    • Did Chris hold a gun to the selectors head and say select me ? Did he say do not select Jason?
      Envy is a sin. Not because you might have nothing to contribute with ur sorry life doesn’t mean Chris should be the same and join ur club u mf loser

  8. The universe boss chris gayle the world boss vybz kartel is this a Jamaician thing with all the boss it’s being a thing with Jamaician not liking Antiguans if that’s the case why are so much of them in Antigua? We all know the answer for this question Antigua 🇦🇬 to the world.

      • Jam to the bone I never said I don’t like Jamaican we are one Caribbean you guys said we are small island you don’t want to have nothing to do with small island but yet still so many of you are here this is when all the Caribbean head’s of government was planning to come together as one the spend the same currency the big island pull out and said they don’t want to have nothing to do with small island but as you can see the small islands are doing very well on their own.

    • @ Mercyismine: World Boss is Gaston Browne,ask Spliff. We are not one Caribbean. The Caribbean is wider apart than the Suez and or Panama Canals. Have you ever heard of The West Indies Federation? If not,do your searches on it and read for yourself,the reasons why it failed miserably. Some were power hungry,those of the larger boys wanted all of the powers over those smaller boys.That is putting it simply.

  9. The last man call himself World boss went down a very dark road “kartel,” now we have a Universe boss cricketer. I wonder what our local World boss think of this🤣🤣

  10. Gayle is so unprofessional, takes great men to show him the right way.
    Imagine the Ambrose just made a reflective comment on his performance and he took that personal to the core. If you not performing lately over a given period, what you want the man comment and say? you want him lie for you and then when the back lash comes he gets it straight in him face? Gay you sound like a selfish dunce, you a great shame to Jamaica, you need to tie your shoes and pull your socks up, oh and fix your tie straight too, dam it, hell !

  11. This Jamaican crapo needs to go back to tivoli gardens with the other lowlifes. He’s an overrated bum who will soon be forgotten.

    • Of course you would have to have a say. We all know of how,muchyour hate for “foreigners” I’m surprised you did not mention ALP since they are probably the only thing you hate more than foreigners. Makes one wonder if a one hot knuckle you get from one foreigner who support ALP is why you hate both so😁

  12. I don’t see anything wrong with the comments made by Ambrose maybe Chris Gayle thinks he is beyond criticism.
    Gayle is well off, his career is projecting downwards, eyes not as sharp as before, technique was never good, as a result it is difficult for him score runs consistently. Its a Caribbean thing we don’t like to leave gracefully. His comments on Ambrose sounds childish and shows his lack professionalism and tutelage.

  13. Right now every West Indian and fan want us to win the T20 World Cup. Everybody, I believe, wishes Chris Gayle to perform at a high level of his ability and style when batting, scoring the first 50 and go on to the next 50!
    We cry out for Chris Gayle to be the ‘World Winner’ for the West Indies! Can we delay the substantive issue of celebrity sports personalities vs criticial thinking of journalists? After this, players, administrators, all interneters and broadcasters can disect and pontificate on what happened and why, share honors and commiserate on lost opportunities.
    So, Rally Round The West Indies (calypso by David Rudder, 1987). Think hard about David Rudder’s final verse:

    Now they are making restrictions and laws to spoil our beauty but in the end we shall prevail. This is not just cricket, this thing goes beyond the boundary. It’s up to you and me to make sure that they fail.Soon we must take a side or be lost in the rubble. In a divided world that don’t need islands no more. Are doomed to be at somebody’s mercy? Little keys can open up mighty doors.

    As one Caribbean, we fervently need to acknowledge our pride and feel good all over!

  14. Curtly Ambrose functions as an independent cricket commentator and analyst. Like all commentators and analyst he called it as he saw the situation. What negative things did he say about you Chris.

  15. Chris Gayle is a moron ,who lacks class
    Statistics don’t lie Chris, you’re very lucky to be in the team
    Curtly ambrose is a decent and great man who only speak the truth simply because he very passionate about west indie cricket and wish for the team to do well
    Chris Gayle needs a brain

  16. Chris had to be smoking milk when he made such distasteful comments about one of the greatest fast bowlers the world has ever seen.

  17. Both men are entitled to their opinions. I agree with Ambrose a million percent. Gayle doesn’t merit a place in the team. If you go by form, the answer is a resounding no. He is there because we have a bunch of very hopeful selectors. It’s like Lazarus awaiting a resurrection( it might happen) but it’s just being hopeful. I wish he does well and give us a great Farwell.
    Gayle’s response is consistent with his arrogance and rudeness. Ambrose did not disrespect him. Gayle is setting no example for the young players. We have two ears and one mouth; Gayle must listen more and talk less.

  18. No one person no sit down and pick this team, so if Gayle is picked it must be for a good reason and if you all ask me curtly is disrespectful to both Gayle and the selectors. Gayle gas done so much for the fame of cricket and for the west indies and deserves all the respect in the world but u guys want to throw him under the bus like he’s nobody. Who has done what Gayle has done in all formats of the game? Y’all show emotions and not looking at the big picture. Gayle is a great cricketer and I’ve seen many other players not perform but are still retained on teams, so what y’all fussing about. The selectors has seen it fit to carry the universe boss for a reason, support the cricketer. Lastly, Gayle us called universe boss, curtly is called Sir curtly so what, both have those additions to their names bcuz of what they’ve done in the sport. Gayle great, support him.

  19. No one person no sit down and pick this team, so if Gayle is picked it must be for a good reason and if you all ask me curtly is disrespectful to both Gayle and the selectors. Gayle has done so much for the game of cricket and for the west indies and deserves all the respect in the world but u guys want to throw him under the bus like he’s nobody. Who has done what Gayle has done in all formats of the game? Y’all showing emotions and not looking at the big picture. Gayle is a great cricketer and I’ve seen many other players not perform but are still retained on teams, so what y’all fussing about. The selectors has seen it fit to carry the universe boss for a reason, support the cricketer. Lastly, Gayle us called universe boss, curtly is called Sir curtly so what, both have those additions to their names bcuz of what they’ve done in the sport. Gayle is
    great, support him.

  20. Just give the guy a chance if he fail it show you can’t go forever but if he flies age was just a number. Different people will have opinions but look he’s a valuable asset I wood take the risk to Christopher Henry Gayle aka WORLD BOSS proper cricket statements to be made to the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All stops out

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