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Gayle’s comments on Sarwan, Tallawahs won’t go unpunished – CWI president

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has said that there will be sanctions imposed on Chris Gayle for bringing the Caribbean Premier League to “disrepute” after his outburst on Jamaica Tallahwahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan, according to a report on ESPNcricinfo.

Gayle had launched a scathing attack on Jamaica Tallawahs in a YouTube video, after being released by the franchise. He was especially scathing of owner Krish Persaud, CEO Jeff Miller, and Sarwan, Gayle’s former West Indies teammate, whom he called a “snake” and accused of being deceitful and untrustworthy.

Sarwan had responded to the allegations, saying they were false, but Gayle has drawn the wrath of the governing body. “It cannot be good for West Indies cricket obviously. It is certainly not something that I enjoyed reading about,” Skerritt told i955fm, a Trinidad-based radio station, last week.

“If however, a player is contracted to a club or a franchise or to Cricket West Indies, then (due to) the contract they have signed, that kind of behaviour brings that contract to some level of disrepute. So I would expect that this most recent matter is not over.

“But my point is I think Chris is going to face…I’m sure there’s some kind of discussion taking place at the moment between Chris and the CPL because Chris is signed into a franchise team.”

The CPL is an independent league, so explaining the interference of the part of the CWI for Gayle’s comments, Skerritt said the governing body has a “watching interest” in the tournament.

“If he was on contract with Cricket West Indies, and to a certain extent it is by being in the CPL, so we kind of have a watching interest. But we’ll wait and see what happens.

“Look, am not condoning Chris, am not judging Chris. Chris clearly has a number of concerns on his mind and he decided to go public. Personally I think that was unfortunate, but the process will have to take its course and that process will get triggered because he is a contracted player in the CPL within the West Indies league.”

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