29 Mar 2009

Gayle upset with Pietersen comments

3:47 pm on 29 March 2009

The West Indies cricket captain Chris Gayle has hit out at England batsman Kevin Pietersen for comments in a newspaper interview about team-mate Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Pietersen was quoted as saying that Chanderpaul "never fields" after making a big score and "plays for himself".

But Gayle says Pietersen had "no right" to make such a remark.

Gayle says he did talk to Pietersen and told him 'You don't need to stoop to that level'.... Gayle says he didn't actually apologise and if he could apologise that would be nice.

34-year-old Chanderpaul is a veteran of 119 Tests and 244 one-day internationals and has scored more than 16,500 runs for West Indies in all forms of the game.

Pietersen's comments about him appeared in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Mail newspaper.

In the interview, Pietersen also said he was "at the end of his tether" as a result of his sacking as England captain and the team's lack of success on the current tour to the Caribbean.