Gayle won’t step down

Chris Gayle says he wants to
continue as West Indies captain despite the team’s dismal form over the past
few years culminating in a 2-0 reversal in the home Tests against South Africa.

“Definitely I want to go on,” Gayle
said. “Before the series I was brought into a meeting and had a discussion
about my future and gave them my everything, so we will see what happens.”

Under his leadership West Indies
have won only three of 20 Tests while tasting defeat nine times. His record is
not much better in the shorter formats, losing 30 in 53 ODIs and 10 out of 17
Twenty20s. But Gayle is not ready to give up just yet.

“I am still willing to go on. I am
still pushing to go on. I still have a lot to offer in that particular area.
There are a few issues I need to sort out before I progress,” he said. “When
you are not getting the support, there is going to be a problem. So we need to
address that as quickly as possible and see how well we can come up with a better
system.”

Gayle had a poor series against
South Africa, managing just 159 runs at an average of 31 against South Africa,
but he was quick to point that his batting record has improved with captaincy.
“Since I have been captain, I didn’t even notice it but my average in Test
cricket has been over 50 (1528 runs at 47.75, against a career average of
40.31), which is a tremendous achievement. It has helped me become a more
mature person as well. I am willing to move forward and have better results for
West Indies cricket.”

Gayle’s attitude came under the
scanner last year when he turned up in England barely 48 hours before the start
of the first Test, preferring to play in the Indian Premier League rather than
prepare for the tour. “I wouldn’t be so sad if Test cricket died out,” he had said
then, a remark that caused much consternation.

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