'Gayle makes difference'

Former West Indian pacer Curtly Ambrose on Sunday said the issue between West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Chirs Gayle should be sorted out as soon as possible for the betterment of the team.

skysport.co.nz, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 7:43 a.m.

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Former West Indian pacer Curtly Ambrose on Sunday said the issue between West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Chirs Gayle should be sorted out as soon as possible for the betterment of the team.

The bowling legend is of the view that Gayle's return will have a positive impact on the team.

"Gayle is one of the premium batsmen in the Caribbean. He would definitely make a difference in this West Indies batting line up," said Ambrose.

He added: "However, why he is not playing I am not sure. I have heard there are some problems between him and the WICB. I don't know the details and I don't want to elaborate on that. But they need to sit down and sort out the matter because Gayle will make a difference in this team."

Ambrose said the need of the hour for WICB is to improve the quality of wickets.

He said: "Up to mid 90s, we thrived on fast bowling. We used to have some good wickets here, quick and tailored made for our fast bowlers. That was our weapon. If you can't bowl out a team twice, you are not going to win too many matches."

"Sadly enough from mid 90s onwards wickets in Caribbean got really slow. It is very frustrating for a fast bowler. They wickets have got worse over the years. Until we start seeing some good wickets which assist fast bowlers, I am not sure if we see great fast bowlers in future."

Ambrose, who picked 405 and 225 wickets in Tests and ODIs respectively, asked the current crop of fast bowlers to be aggressive.

He said: "Fast bowlers should be aggressive. I have been one of those fast bowlers who thrived on aggression."
"It was a part of my game. I am an aggressive person by nature and I do things aggressively, but I don't believe in sledging or talking to batsmen to throw them out of the game."