The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle has hit out hard against fast-bowling great Sir Curtly Ambrose, who said recently that he would not start the power-hitting Jamaican once the ICC T20 World Cup begins in the UAE later this month.
Gayle was a controversial pick for Cricket West Indies selectors, who named the Jamaican—considered to be the greatest T20 batsman—among the West Indies’ 15-man team that will seek to defend the title it won back in 2016.
Pundits, including Ambrose, claim Gayle is past his best and has not performed well with the bat for more than a year.
“No, he is not an automatic choice for me,” Ambrose said on the Mason and Guest radio show in Barbados recently.
“The few home series just played, he had no scores of significance, and I have said before that if he did not do well in those home series, he should not go to the World Cup,” Ambrose continued.
“However, he will be at the World Cup, but for me, he is definitely not an automatic choice for starting. If he gets it going on the day, he can be destructive, but he has not done much in the last 18 months or so to really make me think he will set the World Cup alight,” he argued further.
Word of Ambrose’s comments reached Gayle, who did not take the assertions well.
“I can tell you personally and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever,” said Gayle while speaking on The Island Tea Morning Show in St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday (October 12).
“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. When I just joined the team, I looked up to this man,” Gayle said.
“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 added.
The West Indies will launch their campaign to win a third World Cup title on October 23 against England in the tournament that officially begins on October 17.