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Chris Gayle hits out at Windies hero Curtly Ambrose over T20 World Cup comments

Chris Gayle has hit out at West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose after he said the batter was ‘definitely not an automatic pick’ ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Ambrose insisted Gayle ‘can still be destructive’ but said the 42-year-old ‘hasn’t done much in the last 18 months to convince me that he will set the World Cup alight’.

Speaking on a radio talk show in Barbados, Ambrose – who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests – said: ‘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.’

Gayle has taken offence to Ambrose’s comments and says he is ‘finished’ with the former West Indies bowler, having considered him a role model earlier in his career.

‘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,’ Gayle said on the The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St Kitts.

‘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.

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

Gayle is considered one of the best T20 batters in history, having scored a staggering 14,276 runs in the shortest format in domestic cricket, including 22 centuries and 87 fifties.

But his powers appear to be waning – understandably given his age – and he scored just 193 runs in ten innings during the 2021 Indian Premier League, with a highest score of 46.

Gayle, who helped West Indies win the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016, added: ‘I am finished with Curtly Ambrose. I have no respect, any time I see him I will tell him as well.

‘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?

‘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.’

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