Off The Field

Jamaica Tallawahs react to Chris Gayle’s criticism of Ramnaresh Sarwan

Written by Abhishek Patil

West Indies legend Chris Gayle ripped apart former teammate and current Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan for allegedly plotting his exit from the Caribbean Premier League  (CPL) franchise. Gayle even branded Sarwan a ‘snake’ and called him ‘worst than Coronavirus’ as he put blame on the former Windies batsman for the whole situation. The Tallawahs, however, have now reacted to Gayle’s criticism and denied Sarwan’s involvement in the opening batsman’s exit from the team.

“Gayle gave several reasons for the decision that was made not 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. Further, the Ownership and Management of the Tallawahs have no political affiliation with any political organization in any country of the Caribbean”, the franchise said in a statement.

The franchise further clarified that the decision to relieve Gayle was taken because of the disappointing result the team incurred last season.

“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,” the CPL franchise further said.

The iconic Windies batsman shared a total of three videos on his official YouTube channel about his departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs. Gayle was extremely critical of Sarwan in the videos and also claimed that the former West Indies batsman wanted the head coach’s job in the franchise.

“So someone has to be in the ears telling him to get rid of Gayle. Sarwan, you are worse than Coronavirus right now. What transpired with the Tallawahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you are a snake.

“You know, you are not the most loved person in the Caribbean. You are still stabbing people in the back,” Chris Gayle had said.

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