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T20 World Cup: Chris Gayle says he’s lost all respect for West Indian legend Curtly Ambrose

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Shut up and support the team! Chris Gayle says he’s lost all respect for ‘negative’ West Indian legend Curtly Ambrose as the pair’s war of words escalates ahead of T20 World Cup title defense

  • Curtly Ambrose recently claimed Chris Gayle, 42, was no longer an automatic pick for the West Indian in his twenties
  • Gayle struggled in the Indian Premier League and withdrew to focus on recovering his form during the upcoming World Cup in the UAE
  • But the ‘Universe Boss’ has 22 hundreds in the T20 format and 87 fifties in total
  • Gayle has told Ambrose to stop being negative and get behind the team
  • West Indies prepare for their title, won by beating England in 2016











Chris Gayle has returned fire in a war of words with Curtly Ambrose by claiming he has lost all respect for the West Indian greats.

Ambrose recently said 42-year-old Gayle was no longer an automatic pick for a Windies team trying to win a third title in four attempts at the Twenty20 World Cup, which kicks off this weekend in the UAE.

But talk to The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St. Kitts, Gayle beamed, “When I first joined the team, I looked up to this man. But I speak from my heart now. Since he retired, I don’t know what he had against Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle (pictured) has escalated his war of words with Curtly Ambrose as the West Indies prepare to defend their T20 World Cup title in the UAE

Former West Indian bowler Curtly Ambrose said Gayle was no longer an automatic choice

Former West Indian bowler Curtly Ambrose said Gayle was no longer an automatic choice

“Those negative things he’s said, I don’t know if he’s looking for attention, but he’s getting the attention. So I just give back the attention he needs and he needs.

“I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, has no respect whatsoever for Curtly Ambrose.

“I’m done with Curtly Ambrose. I have no respect, every time I see him I will also say to him: “Stop being negative, support the team for the World Cup.”

“This team has been selected and we need players from the past to support us. We need that, we don’t need negative energy. In other teams their former players support their teams, why can’t our own support us in a big tournament like this?

Gayle poses with a check after winning the Hit of the Tournament award at the Caribbean Premier League final last month

Gayle poses with a check after winning the Hit of the Tournament award at the Caribbean Premier League final last month

The 42-year-old beats a six at the Windies T20 series with Australia in July

The 42-year-old beats a six at the Windies T20 series with Australia in July

“I’m not going to take anything from any older player. Curtly Ambrose pull up your socks, okay? Support for the West Indies, okay? Supporting the West Indies, that’s what it’s all about.’

Gayle recently retired from the Indian Premier League to focus on the World Cup after failing to score a single 50 in 10 innings in September.

However, despite his dip in personal form, that period coincided with his St Kitts & Nevis Patriots team winning the Caribbean Premier League.

Statistically, he dominated T20 batting, scoring over 3,000 runs more than his closest rival Kieron Pollard and hitting 22 hundreds. The next best collection of centuries is eight.

But Ambrose told a Barbados radio station, “For me, Gayle is definitely not an automatic choice to start. If you look at his achievements over the last 18 months, he has fought not only for the West Indies but for other T20 franchises as well. The few home series we played, he didn’t score any significant.’

Gayle recently bowled while playing for Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the CPL

Gayle recently bowled while playing for Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the CPL

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