Jamaican Leader sees WICB as “Jerk” – No Retreat Nor Surrender for Gayle’s defence: CARICOM matter now…

Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) owes her an apology after their “rude” response to her statements on the Chris Gayle issue and the omission of Jamaica from the list of country’s hosting Test matches during the 2012 home series against Australia.

The Jamaica Prime Minister, at the Jamaica Cricket Association Awards ceremony last week, said that the WICB must resolve the impasse with Gayle, who has not been selected for the West Indies team since March 2011.

The WICB then responded saying that the Prime Minister did not have the benefit of the full information pertaining to the matters she addressed.

"...If they can treat a sportsman, a cricketer the level of a Chris Gayle, former captain of the team... that way and... not believe Jamaica should speak up about it, then something is wrong with them..." according to Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller

At a media conference recently, Mrs. Simpson-Miller blasted the WICB’s statement saying that she would take the matter to CARICOM.

I think they (WICB) are very rude and if anything they owe me and Jamaica an apology,” Mrs. Simpson-Miller said at Jamaica house…

The Prime Minister of Jamaica added: “I will ensure when I go to CARICOM I raise with the various heads the rudeness and crudeness of the present leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board. I don’t know if some countries they could respond to any Prime Minister as they responded to me, and I will not forget their response.”

Mrs. Simpson-Miller pledged to continue to speak on the matter in the future.

Everything I said I stand by it. Sabina Park, I stand by it; Chris Gayle, I stand by it,” she said, “Chris Gayle is a Jamaican and if they can treat a sportsman, a cricketer the level of a Chris Gayle, former captain of the team… that way and… not believe Jamaica should speak up about it, then something is wrong with them,” she said. {DATA COURTESY: Vidia Ramphal/WIPA}

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