West Indies T20 legend Chris Gayle slammed former Caribbean bowler Curtly Ambrose after he said the batter wouldn't be his automatic pick in the West Indies XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The grand T20 event starts the UAE this Sunday.
Gayle hit back at Ambrose saying he has "no respect" for the former player and that he is "finished" with him, Espncricinfo reported.
"I am speaking about Curtly Ambrose. I am singling out Curtly Ambrose, one of your own. I highly respected him when I came into the West Indies team," Gayle told The Island Tea Morning Show, a radio station in St Kitts, on Tuesday as quoted Espncricinfo.
"When I just joined the team, I looked up to this man. But I am now speaking from my heart. I don't know what, since he retired, what he had against Chris Gayle. Those negative things he has been saying within the press, I don't know if he is looking for attention, but he is getting the attention. So I am just giving back the attention which he requires and which he needs," he said.
"I can tell you personally, and you can let him know that Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, have no respect for Curtly Ambrose whatsoever," the all-rounder said.
Gayle was part of the 2012 and 2016 World Cup-winning teams.
"I am finished with Curtly Ambrose," Gayle, 42, said.
"I have no respect, any time I see him I will tell him as well -- 'Stop being negative, support the team ahead of the World Cup.' This team has been selected and we need past players to support us. We need that, we don't need negative energy. In other teams, their past players support their teams, why can't our own support us in a big tournament like this?," Gayle was quoted as saying.