Chris Gayle a target for headline makers: Darren Sammy

November 26, 2019

first_imgWest Indies’ two-time World T20-winning captain Darren Sammy has defended his team-mate Chris Gayle following the latest allegations of sleaze against the Jamaican batting powerhouse. (Chris Gayle likely to be in trouble with IPL bosses after sleazy comments)The Jamaican earlier courted controversy during his infamous “don’t blush baby” interview with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin during last season’s Big Bash League.In the ongoing Indian Premier League, the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener again made headlines with some sexist comments in an interview with a British daily.During the interview with female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times, Gayle boasted by saying he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld. You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands”. (Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore)GAYLE AN EASY TARGET Sammy, however, chose to play it down.”Chris Gayle is the universe boss, a team-mate of mine who I admire and respect. I just think people target Chris for no reason. To me, Chris is one of our cricketing heroes. He’s an entertainer, first, but a lot of people have jumped on his back,” Sammy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”I always support Chris because of what he does on a cricket field. Yes, we have a responsibility to ourselves, and the people who watch us, but sometimes I feel Chris is a target for newspaper headlines,” he said. (Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)advertisementEGOS HURTING WINDIES The all-rounder also called for West Indies’ players and administrators to put their “egos” on the back burner for the the betterment of Caribbean cricket.The West Indies Cricket Board and the players had been at loggerheads over a pay dispute for a long time, and the bitter divisions were laid bare after their World T20 triumph in April when the West Indies players, led by an emotional Sammy, hit out at the WICB for not supporting them.”It’s sad that for so long it’s been a back-and-forth between the board and players. But these three wins show we can win cricket at all levels, and if we could work together, that’s all you need. Players and board working together, sharing a common goal, with no egos. It would be better for West Indies cricket but at the moment it’s just not happening,” Sammy said.”They always say sports and politics don’t mix, which is true. But at the end you have to give credit to the most important thing, which is the cricket. And who plays the cricket? The cricketers. That is your product. If you plant corn, you have to take care of it, nurture it, fertilise it and then you can reap the rewards, so it is similar to the West Indies cricket team,” he added.Sammy is set to turn out for Hampshire in the English County season.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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