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‘I have lost all respect for Curtly Ambrose’ – Chris Gayle lashes out at former pacer for negative comments

By BetBarter Staff

October 13, 2021

West Indian batter Chris Gayle has come down heavily on former cricketer Curtly Ambrose for his comments on him. The former fast bowler had said that the opener is not an automatic choice in the West Indies playing XI for the upcoming International T20 Cup, which is scheduled to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE. Gayle is currently the highest run-scorer in the T20 format and his record is second to none.

Even at the ripe age of 42, the hard-hitting West Indian batter can smash the best bowlers outside the park. He has so far scored 1854 T20I runs in the 74 games that he has played. However, Gayle's recent form has not been that great. The southpaw has scored just 227 runs in the last 16 T20Is at an average of 17.46.

He had a poor run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the preceding Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as well. Given his recent form, Ambrose had said that Gayle is not an automatic selection in the team. The West Indian didn't take the comments of the former pace bowler well and hit back at him, saying he has lost all the respect for 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, a radio station in St Kitts, on Tuesday. 

The 42-year-old further said that if Ambrose is going to be negative, he cannot expect the players to respect him. "I am finished with Curtly Ambrose," Gayle, 42, said. "I have no respect, any time I see him, I will tell him as well -- 'Stop being negative, support the team ahead of the World Cup.' 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?

West Indies are the defending champions of the International T20 Cup, which they won in the 2016 edition