West Indies star Chris Gayle has blatantly put on record his dislike of another Caribbean great Curtly Ambrose. Notably, the former pacer had said that the left-handed would not be his automated pick in the West Indies Playing XI for the T20 World Cup set to commence from October 17.
While Gayle hasn't been in the best of form in recent times, he is one of the finest batters ever to have played the sport. The 42-year-old has the most number of runs, sixes and centuries in T20 cricket and pretty much single-handedly wins the game for his team on his day.
I highly respected Ambrose when I came into West Indies team: Gayle
This was the very reason why Gayle was included in the West Indian squad for the marquee event happening across Oman and UAE. However, when Ambrose insisted that he won't field Gayle in his first-choice XI, Gayle also made his opinion known. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss said that he had no respect for Ambrose and that he was 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," Gayle told The Island Tea Morning Show on Tuesday.
"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 added.
"I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever. I am finished with Curtly Ambrose," he further said.
West Indies are defending T20 World Cup champions
It is worth mentioning that West Indies are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup are the only team to have won more than one title to date. Moreover, given the fearless brand of cricket they play, a section of cricket fans and experts have picked West Indies as one of the teams to watch out for in this edition of the tournament.
Gayle was part of both the West Indies' previous triumphs in 2012 and 2016 and would want to take the team to another world title this year.