Sport War erupts between West Indies cricket legends
UAE stadiums to be 70 per cent full for T20 World Cup
Stadiums in the UAE will operate at 70 per cent capacity for the Twenty20 World Cup, although conditions in Oman are still to be fully assessed following a cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Shaheen struck coastal areas of Oman, including the capital of Muscat on Sunday, just a week before preliminary round matches of the tournament commence on October 10.
A war of words has erupted betweenlegends and , after the former fast bowler said the batter wouldn't be an automatic pick in his starting side for the .
The West Indies are the defending champions, having won the title in 2016, but at the age of 42, Gayle's best days are clearly long behind him.
He played just two matches for Punjab Kings in the second UAE leg of the IPL, making 1 and 14. His form in the recent Caribbean Premier League was nothing to write home about either, scoring 165 runs at an average of 18.33 in nine matches for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Ambrose conceded that Gayle "can still be destructive", but said he "hasn't done much in the last 18 months to convince me that he will set the World Cup alight."
England under fire from cricketing greats Ian Botham and Michael Holding
Botham suggested some players “don’t fancy” this winter’s Ashes while Holding accused the ECB of “Western arrogance” over the cancelled Pakistan tour.The five-Test Ashes series is in doubt due to the strict coronavirus restrictions in Australia, with captain Joe Root one of the players who has yet to commit to going on the tour.
"For me, Gayle is definitely not an automatic choice for starting," Ambrose told Barbados radio.
"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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The figures back up Ambrose's statements. This year Gayle has made just 227 runs in 16 T20Is, averaging 17.46 with only one fifty. His strike-rate of 117 is a far cry from the 130-140 mark he regularly achieved, or even exceeded, in his heyday.
Lyon not fooled by English smoke and mirrors
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon is expecting the visitors to come full guns blazing when the Ashes gets underway in December. "I'm expecting a fully strength England side to come out, to be honest with you," Lyon told reporters this afternoon."I've said it before, I think Ashes series are the type of series that really make people's careers." © Getty Nathan Lyon playing Shield cricket earlier in 2021.
Replying to Ambrose's remarks, Gayle said he had "no respect" for the fast bowling icon.
"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 in St Kitts.
"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 was also a member of the West Indies side that won the tournament in 2012, but says he'll no longer have anything to do with Ambrose.
Jordan: 2016 T20 heartache made England stronger
Chris Jordan says England are a better team for their heartbreaking defeat in the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup.England looked heavy favourites to triumph in Kolkata five years ago when Jordan's eight-run penultimate over left West Indies requiring 19 from the last - only for Carlos Brathwaite to strike Ben Stokes for four successive sixes and take the Caribbean side to victory at Eden Gardens.
"I am finished with Curtly Ambrose," Gayle added.
"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."
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T20 World Cup: Windies bring in Akeal Hosein as Fabian Allen sub .
A change to the West Indies squad.Left-arm spinner Hosein, who has played nine ODIs and six T20Is, was named as a replacement after Allen was ruled out due to an ankle injury. Hosein was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements.