Gayle stands by the controversial Sarwan comment

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Retrieved 16 May 2020, 23:54 IST

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Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle has made explosive remarks about former West Indies teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan and avoided punishment from the Caribbean Premier League.

Earlier this month, Sarwan described Gayle’s allegations in a controversial video as “reprehensible.”

The West Indies batsman described his former teammate Sarwan as “worse than a coronavirus” during an April hire on YouTube.

Gayle also identified him as “snake”, “evil”, “evil”, “poison”, “defendant”, “immature” and “satisfied”.

Gayle, the West Indies’ leading run-scorer in ODIs and T20s, has been revealed by CPL’s Jamaica Talawahas for which Sarwan is the assistant coach.

In a statement, Gayle emphasized that he was standing by his comments about the way he had been treated, but regretted any damage to the reputation of Cricket West Indies and the CPL.

The 40-year-old batsman, now with the St. Lucia Jukes, was asked by CPL organizers to resolve the matter and was satisfied with what he said. They are now considering closing the matter.

“As far as I’m concerned about the treatment, I’m standing by my comments on those videos,” Gayle said.

“I made these videos with a single purpose – to explain to Jamaican fans the reasons behind my second departure from the Talawah franchise now.

“My biggest wish was to end my Caribbean Premier League career in Jamaica – playing in front of the crowd at my home in Sabina Park, with the franchise I have won two CPL titles before.

“Having said that, I must be truthful and say that I now understand how parts of my comments can be considered harmful to the Cricket West Indies, the CPL tournament and its brand.

“[It is] A tournament that I have sincerely enjoyed could not only be a part of it, but also help build and promote it. It was never my intention to lose the T20 tournament.

“Playing in the CPL has guaranteed me the opportunity to play in front of great Caribbean fans for the last seven years. It’s an opportunity I really appreciate and have never been honored.”

Sarwan was shocked by Gayle’s initial remarks, saying they believed he had “done immense damage to a gentleman’s game of cricket”.

He posted on Facebook: “Let me be clear, I have played with Gayle since the beginning of my international career and I have always respected him as an extraordinary talent, a colleague and most importantly, a close friend.

“Therefore, I am deeply saddened by this defamatory allegation – in that video, he has raised the false allegation and tarnished the names of more than one person.”

“I was the center of most of the attacks. I responded, because I don’t think Gayle’s renting is appropriate, but I think the public record must be straightforward and set to protect so many characters and careers. The man whose image he magnifies Tried “