Sammy: Gayle the most destructive T20 batsman


West Indies captain Darren Sammy said on Tuesday that opener Chris Gayle is the most destructive batsman in T20I cricket and that the Caribbean side have put their off-field issues behind them ahead of the World T20 in India.

The big hitting Gayle is one of the most sought after players for domestic T20 leagues around the world but gets criticised by fans from his own region for not showing enough loyalty to the Windies.

The left-hander is often not available for international duty but plays regularly around the world where he gets paid handsomely for his services.

The 36-year-old is in the Windies' squad for the global tournament and Sammy has no doubt what impact he has on the squad.

Sammy said in Kolkata: "Chris is a massive figure for us, not only on the cricket field but off the field as well. To me he is the best T20 batsman, the most destructive one in this game so he knows his game inside out."

The Windies players were involved in yet another squabble with their board about contract issues which almost saw most first-choice players not making the trip to India.

Sammy though says all the issues have been resolved and they can now concentrate on matters on the field.

He said: "Once you step out on the cricket field you shouldn't be worried about contracts or other stuff. At the end of the day we are professionals but right now is the time to focus on cricket."

West Indies start their World T20 campaign against England in Mumbai on 15 March.