West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is lashing out at Curtly Ambrose, who said the power-hitter would not be his automatic pick for the Windies XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
During an interview with The Island Tea Morning Show, the batter came all guns blazing against the former Caribbean athlete, saying he has “no respect” for him and 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,” he said.
"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,” he went on to say.
"I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever,” he added.
"I am finished with Curtly Ambrose. 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?” he said.
"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,” he added.
Last week, Ambrose had commented on Gayle’s performance, saying the cricketer was out of form ahead of the T20 World Cup, adding that he could “still be destructive” but he hadn’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. 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,” he said.