Windies not worried about Gayle's return: Gibson

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Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 13:53 [IST]
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Gayle is a world class player: Gibson

Southampton, Jun 16: West Indies chief coach Ottis Gibson said the team nor the management is worried about the return of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle, who returned to the national side after a squabble with the West Indies Cricket Board post World Cup 2011.

Gibson added saying that Gayle has been the same, being a prankster after 14 months of exile.

"He's always been a bit of a joker around the dressing room, a bit of a prankster and he's been his normal self," Gibson told reporters.

Gayle will be wearing the West Indies colours for the first time since World Cup 2011.

Gibson, also stressed on the fact that the team has always been integrated irrespective of players' return or making their debut while talking about Chris Gayle's comeback.

"The team has always integrated players that are coming back or players making their debut, very well into the team and that's not changed. He's fitted in very well and raring to go."

Gayle's impasse with the Board stemmed from a controversial interview he gave to a Jamaica radio station following the World Cup.

"He's had his say, he's said what he wanted to say and I suppose he's got things off his chest," Gibson said.

"He's seen the new environment, he's seen the progress that has been made and I'm sure that coming back he will buy into it. We've spoken and he's very much on board with what's going on."

The West Indies side has a lot of potential players in the side, and a few players have played the shortest version of the game in the month of April, May 2012 as they were a part of the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Apart from that, Gibson praised Gayle saying that there needs no introduction to Chris Gayle's ability to tear apart the bowling attack, as he has always been a world class player.

"We know what Gayle will do. He's always been a world class player and somebody that will strengthen us and Dwayne Smith has been in a lot of good form over the last eight months or so. He's been excellent in T20," he pointed out.

"Johnson Charles came into the set up just recently and has done very well. Marlon Samuels has got great form from the Test series. Lendl Simmons is back and he was our best one-day batsman in 2011."


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