The relationship between Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan turned sour when the former called the latter “worse than coronavirus”, while also accusing his former teammate of plotting his exit from Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Universe Boss, who has since moved to St. Lucia Zouk had earlier blamed Ramnaresh Sarwan for an alleged bust-up with Jamaica Tallawahs which did not retain the big-hitting Gayle for the 2020 season after playing for the franchise as a marquee player last season.
Chris Gayle stands by his comments against Ramnaresh Sarwan:
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle stated that he completely “stands by his remarks” against his former teammate as he spoke from the heart. The maverick batsman also conceded that his actions were causing damage to West Indies cricket, prompting the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers to close the controversial matter.
“I made these videos with one single intention to explain to the fans in Jamaica the reasons behind … my second departure from the Tallawahs franchise. It was my greatest wish to finish my CPL career in Jamaica … with the franchise that I had previously led to two CPL titles,” Gayle said in the statement.
“In so far as my resentment at the treatment, I stand by my comments in those videos. My words were spoken from the heart. Having said that … I now realize how portions of my comments may be viewed as being damaging to CWI, and to CPL and its brand…”
Efforts made to settle charges for the benefit of CWI, CPL and Chris Gayle: CTC chief Patterson
CTC chief Patterson stressed on the fact that intense efforts were made to settle the charges for the advantage of Cricket West Indies, Caribbean Premier League and Chris Gayle, before the set up of an independent three-member tribunal to hear or discuss the matter.
“These efforts have resulted in acceptance by Mr Gayle of the need to issue the statement. This was received by the CTC and shared with the CPL & CWI to the satisfaction of all parties. Given the assurance of Mr Gayle to act in good faith, it, therefore, is no longer necessary to empanel a Tribunal. The CTC, the CPL and CWI, therefore, consider the matter closed,” the CTC chief said.
Chris Gayle went on to claim that Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan was behind his expulsion as the former middle-order batsman wanted to take advantage of the franchise.