KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Former West Indies fast bowler, Michael Holding has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its head coach Ottis Gibson for the handling of the senior players in recent times.
Holding, now a cricket commentator, was especially critical of the treatment of batsman Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan – two proven seniors who are not in the current Test setup in tour of England.
Gayle has made himself available after a year long absence from the West Indies squad, but Holding is convinced both the WICB and coach Gibson, truly do not want the Jamaican for captain in the squad.
“He is available, yet the WICB are still putting out press releases saying there are residual matters to be dealt with,” Holding was quoted as telling Jamaica-based SportsMax Cable network.
He commented: “What residual matters? It is supposed to be cleared [up], so what residual matter is there now?”
“People responsible for West Indies cricket do not want Chris Gayle in the team.”
Holding also voiced him concerns over the treatment Sarwan, another man currently making runs with his oversea team, Leicestershire.
He believes the leaders aren’t too keen on having the Guyanese star around either.
“The man is happy. He is making runs, yes, and he should be in the West Indies team, but he personally is happy where he is,” Holding said.
“I don’t see him leaving that now to go back to a situation where he is going to be unhappy, because he knows he’s not wanted. It’s the same thing with Chris Gayle.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Holding sounded his concerns about Gibson’s man-management skills.
He said: “Ottis Gibson needs to understand that the West Indies cricket team is not a boot camp. He needs to learn how to man-manage.
“I have no issue with Ottis trying to get discipline back into the team. But it is the way he has done it.
“As soon as someone says anything he doesn’t particularly like, he doesn’t want them around.”