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Gayle slams government

Chris Gayle

Calcutta: Chris Gayle is disappointed with the Jamaican government for not granting a “small favour”, despite requesting twice.

In an interview to The Daily Telegraph, Gayle, however, did not reveal much about the “favour”.

“I am so disappointed in the Jamaican government. I’m just asking for a little decency and a little acknowledgement. I’ve scored two triple centuries and I never even saw at a camera at the airport. That hurt. I have done so much for hospitals and schools, as a sporting ambassador, and all I do is ask my country twice for a small favour, and neither time did they say yes,” Gayle was quoted as saying.

The interview, however, hinted that the issue may be about tax break. “I have seen other people, who have not done anything at all for Jamaica, receiving lots of privilege. I have paid my taxes, millions to be exact, and I will never ask this government for anything again. I will not give them a third chance to turn me down,” Gayle said.

An emotional Gayle added: “I guess when you die, all the good things are said about you. But in life, if you have something to say or offer, do it now. Don’t wait until the person is dead and gone to say: ‘Oh, he was such a great player, he did all of this’.”

The superstar doesn’t regret criticising the government. “It’s just the way I feel, and I want to express myself. There, I’ve said it, and I don’t have any regrets. The government will get my message, and that’s important,” he said.

Having transformed a single-storey building into a palace of bling that comprises four garages, nine bedrooms, a personal cinema and more than one swimming pool, Gayle does not, as he admits quite unabashedly, want for much. “I grew up with nothing, and I made a bit of money. Now I can say, ‘I want that car, I want that house’. I’ve got my dream home, so I’m satisfied. This is where I started. The fact that I’m able to help my friends is fantastic. A lot of people would love to be in this position,” he said.

Gayle feels that his friend Kevin Pietersen has been mistreated by the England and Wales Cricket Board. “Pietersen has been treated very badly. He has just been kicked out, booted out. For a top player to go out in that way is very sad. On the field, he is a very flamboyant, very attacking guy — a brilliant batsman, a game-changer. I could go on and on.

“I’m sure that Cristiano Ronaldo would not be treated in the way Kevin Pietersen has. The management need to know how to get the best out of their players, what makes them comfortable. But Pietersen will still lead a happy life,” Gayle said.