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Gayle slams selectors for excluding Pollard, Bravo

Kamran Akmal, Chris Gayle

Johannesburg: Destructive West Indies opener Chris Gayle has launched a scathing attack on the country’s Cricket Board and the national selectors for excluding all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad, terming the move as “ridiculous”.

The Clive Lloyd-led selection panel named a 15-member squad for the upcoming 50-over showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand starting February 14. Gayle was far from happy by the omission of Bravo and Pollard.

“How can those two guys not be in the team?” Gayle, whose 41-ball 90 took West Indies to a series winning T20 victory against South Africa here on Sunday, said in the post-match conference.

“To me it got to be like victimisation when you look at it towards those two guys. Come on, guys. It is just ridiculous. Come on. Ridiculous. Really hurt.

Ridiculous. Honestly, it throws me off. We can only talk. We can express our feelings, which I’m doing at this point in time.

The squad already is announced. It is just sad. “It is a big batting line-up when you look at our team. But it’s just disappointing when you look at the 50-over format – we won’t be at our strongest,” Gayle said.

“We don’t have our strongest team without Pollard, nor Bravo. So that is actually sad for us. It is a really big blow for us to actually lose two key players, two key all-rounders as well, very good in the outfield. I don’t know what’s the history behind it, but it is a ridiculous selection from my point of view.”

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