Sarwan was not involved in decision to not retain Chris Gayle for CPL 2020: Jamaica Tallawahs

Carribean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs said they are disappointed with Chris Gayle’s comments on the franchise and its assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan following his ouster from the team for CPL 2020 season.

Jamaica Tallawahs, in a statement, said the decision to not retain Chris Gayle for the CPL 2020 season was purely based on cricket and business reasoning and Ramnaresh Sarwan was not involved in the decision-making process.

Tallawahs’ reaction comes after Chris Gayle lashed out at Sarwan, calling him a ‘snake’ and accusing him of playing a part in his ouster from the Tallawahs. Gayle also slammed Tallawahs chief executive officer Jeff Miller and owner Krish Persaud for ‘playing a game’ with him and leaving him out of the squad.

Chris Gayle had played for Jamaica Tallawahs between 2013 and 2016 before returning to the side in 2019. Gayle had signed a 3-year contract with the Tallawahs and expressed his desire to finish his CPL career at his home town-based franchise. However, he was let go by the Tallawahs and was signed up by St Lucia for the CPL 2020 season.

“The Ownership and Management of the Jamaica Tallawahs was disappointed to see the comments made by Mr. Chirstopher Gayle about his departure from the Tallawahs, as we would much rather have had these discussions in private,” Tallawahs said in a statement.

“Gayle gave several reasons for the decision that was made not to retain him in the Tallawahs. However, the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the Ownership and Management team which did not include Ramnaresh Sarwan and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning.

“The Tallawahs had a very disappointing season in CPL 2019 where the team finished last in the tournament. The Ownership and Management team has exercised its rights in the selection of players for CPL 2020 for the betterment of the team.”

Chris Gayle hit a hundred to mark his return to the Tallawahs last year but the franchise finished last and the big-hitting opener managed only 243 runs in 10 innings.

You’re so vindictive: How Gayle lashed out at Sarwan

Gayle, who was furious in a video he shared on social media, lashed out at Ramnaresh Sarwan, his former West Indies teammate and Tallawahs assistant coach.

“What transpired with the Tallahwahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you were the one who gave a big speech at my birthday party about how far we have come. Sarwan, you are a snake. You know, you are not the most loved person in the Caribbean. You are so vindictive, you are still immature, you are back-stabbing. When are you planning to change?” Gayle said in the YouTube video.

“That goes to show your own people undermine you. Doesn’t matter how far you and they are coming from, they still undermine you.
“Out of that era – 1996 – I’m the only one active, playing. Everyone else retired. I’m the last man standing within that era…and I’m still going strong. So it kind of hurt them to see Chris Gayle still playing and still being successful. I’m talking about past and present players. But I’m dealing with you Sarwan.”

‘Tallawahs the weirdest franchise I have ever played in’

Meanwhile, Andre Russell also lashed out at Jamaica Tallawahs, calling them a ‘weird franchise’, saying the team never answered players’ questions and always kept them in the dark.

“This is the weirdest franchise that I have ever played in. And when I mean weird, people that [are] supposed to reach out to you as an individual, and I am not just a normal player in the Jamaica Tallawahs team – I was once a leader. I realise how they look at things and how they do things,” Russell said.

“I felt like a first-class player that just made his debut one game ago. Your opinion is not valuable. That’s how I was treated.”

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