Wednesday 23 September, 2020

'Worse than coronavirus’: Chris Gayle slams Ramnaresh Sarwan

Explosive Jamaica and West Indies opener Chirs Gayle.

Explosive Jamaica and West Indies opener Chirs Gayle.

Explosive Jamaica and West Indies opener Chirs Gayle has blasted former West Indies teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan for his fallout with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.

The 40-year-old Gayle verbally attacked Sarwan in a three-part YouTube video post, days after he was  released by his home franchise, the Jamaica Tallawahs. The T20 specialist will be suiting up for the St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 CPL  season where he will be playing under the leadership of Darren Sammy and head coach Andy Flower.

In Part 2 of the video released on his official YouTube channel, Gayle called Sarwan a 'snake' and 'worse than coronavirus'.

“Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus right now,” Gayle said in the video where he ripped apart the former West Indies skipper.

Gayle played for the Tallawahs in the first four CPL seasons, before spending the next two years with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. He re-joined the Tallawahs last season and made 116 in his second game, but ended the season with 243 runs in 10 innings as the franchise finished bottom of the table.

“When I came back to the Tallawahs, Sarwan was the assistant coach. Myself and Sarwan had a discussion, he wanted to be the head coach. When I left Jamaica Tallawahs, that team was a high-spirited team. (But) the amount of complaints I used to get when I wasn’t there, the amount of problems they had with Sarwan - Russell was the captain at that time - the amount of problem that Sarwan and the captain have...so many players were traumatised because of Sarwan,” Gayle said.

Gayle admitted that he had told Sarwan that he was not experienced enough to be a head 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.

“In everybody’s eyes, you acted as if you were this saint, this good person.... Sarwan, you’re evil, you’re wicked, you’re poison. You let a thing like this transpire,” Gayle also added.

"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. I'll deal (with the others) whenever that time comes."

Gayle also said that during the 2019 season Sarwan wanted to put a curfew on players and also enquired why there were too many Jamaicans playing for the franchise.

Gayle recounted how Sarwan had complained about him as far back as their Under-19 days in 1996 when they were roommates.  He said at the time, Sarwan's complaints about him watching TV late into the night and that forced head coach Gus Logie to evict him from the camp in Barbados. Gayle said he had "forgiven" Sarwan but had not "forgotten" the incident, and felt that Sarwan hadn't changed much.

"Sarwan you are a snake. You are so vindictive. You are still immature. You are still stabbing people in the back. You are still carrying news. When you gonna change, Sarwan, seriously? When are you planning to change?"

Gayle said that as far he was concerned, he was done with Sarwan. "I can tell you this even if West Indies senior team take you up on board as a mentor, whatever reason, whatever franchise, any international team you are associated with, mi a bun you out.

"Hear? The team could've won a World Cup, me still mi a bun you out. I've to show you how deep this is. Wicked. Wicked. I might want the entire Caribbean to know that."

The 2020 CPL season is currently set for August 19 to September 26, but organisers are keeping an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and liaising with medical advisors and governments to determine if play will go ahead.

Chief operations officer, Pete Russell, has said there is a possibility the tournament could be played without international players and using only a few stadiums as venues to mitigate against widespread contact.

The number of confirmed infections worldwide has risen to over 3 million and the confirmed death toll has topped 211,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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