My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.
Month: February 2020
Spit Fyah regain lead Church cricket final showdown today Favourites Spit Fyah regained their slim lead over Spring Village as they beat Felluchie Strikers 300-288 in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union League last Sunday. Spit Fyah amassed 53 points from 14 games, one point ahead of Spring Village (52 points), who were idle last week. In other games, seventh-place Eradication (33 points) went down 300-289 to Passagefort United; fifth-place Right Stuff defeated Fort International (46 points) 300-297 in a countdown; and Correctional Services beat Highlight Strikers 300-203. Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Masterpiece vs Waterhouse United, Naggo Head vs Highlight Strikers, Correctional Services vs Felluchie Strikers, Soursop Tree vs Garveymeade, Eradication vs Chedwin Strikers, Spit Fyah vs Ken’s Wildflower, Spring Village vs Right Stuff, Fort International vs Passagefort United, and Unity Strikers vs Memory Lane. The Gleaner clip Carib Cement in BH domino Big one-day domino tournament on today at JC The Wulin Domino Kings one-day pairs tournament is on today at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, starting at 9 a.m. The high-tech tourney offers a first prize of $350,000 and championship ring; $150,000 to the pair finishing second; and $75,000 for third. Entry fee is $4,000. It will run until 9 p.m. and many of the top players in town and the country are expected to participate. The Business House five-a-side one-day football rally takes place today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona, starting at 8 a.m. There are 25 participating teams, including defending champions Carib Cement. The teams will vie for the Butterkist Trophy in the Seprod-sponsored rally. Defending champions Edgewater FC won their third game of the season in the St Catherine FA Under-13 football league last Sunday when they easily defeated Westchester 4-0. They now have 10 points from four games, the same as Portmore United, who outshot East Portmore Portals 3-2. The latter have a superior goal difference. In other games, Royal Lakes were held 0-0 by Daytona; Central Linx flexed their muscles as they hammered minnows Tredegar Park 6-0; Windsor Lion defeated Angels United 3-1; and De La Vega City beat Rivoli United 2-0. Action in the league continues today. St George’s College won their second lacrosse title of the season as they topped arch-rivals Holy Trinity 9-8 in a pulsating high school final for the North Street Cup at St George’s College recently. Kingston College turned the tables on Wolmer’s Boys in the North Street Cup third-place game, taking home the bronze medal. The game of lacrosse comes with a frenetic pace and the youngsters have accepted the sport as their own. Last year’s knockout champions, The Gleaner, made a winning start in Division One of the 2016 Wray & Nephew Business House domino league, clipping Carib Cement 94-92 in a closely contested match at The Gleaner Sports Club, 7 North Street, on Friday, April 29. It was a ding-dong affair between both teams in the first half, but The Gleaner pulled away towards the end to lead 51-45 at half-time. After the interval, The Gleaner maintained their lead for a while, but Cement Company fought back strongly to lead 76-75. Thereafter, it was anybody’s game, but The Gleaner players were more determined and squeezed home by two points in the closing stages. The top pair for the winners was Earl ‘Maro’ Morrison and Omar McCurdy. The Gleaner will next play defending league champions Kingston Wharves at The Gleaner Sports Club. Business House football rally today The curtains will come down on the 2016 season of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 church cricket league with its final showdown between Power of Faith Development and Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) at the Bridgeport Sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine, today at 2 p.m. The teams are vying for the Dr Delford Davis Trophy. Meanwhile, today’s activities should pull a fair-sized crowd as there will also be an over-50 cricket match for veteran players. Meanwhile, PFM Development won the eliminator match two against Faith Temple New Testament at Bridgeport. PFM Development, which won the toss and batted first, made 207-5, with a top score of 105 from Demar Johnson, while Aaron Daley hit 28. The leading wicket-taker, Simon Clarke, took 2-14 from four overs. In reply, Faith Temple were blown away for 47 in 12.3 overs, with the top score being nine from Burford Sangster. Jerome Heroin ripped through the Faith Temple batting, claiming 5 -13 in four overs and Aaron Daley 3-8 in 3.3 overs, thus giving PFM Development victory by 160 runs. St George’s top Holy Trinity in exciting lacrosse final Edgewater win third game