West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle said that he had “no respect” for Curtly Ambrose after the former legendary fast bowler said that the batter should not be an automatic pick in the starting XI for the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which begins on Sunday.
“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 (42) told a radio station, The Island Tea Morning Show, in St Kitts on Tuesday morning, hitting out against Ambrose, who had said that the veteran opener is not an automatic choice in the West Indies XI for the World Cup.
“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.
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,” Gayle said.
Gayle’s angry comments were a reaction to Ambrose’s comment to a radio station in Barbados a few days ago. “No, he (Gayle) is not an automatic choice for me. The few home series (West Indies) 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.
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,” Ambrose had told the Mason & Guest show.