CWI expects CPL authority to punish Gayle
Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt has strongly hinted that he expects to see action taken against veteran batsman Chris Gayle. It was due to a recent public outburst, which mainly brought against Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan, the former teammate of Gayle.
In a YouTube post, Gayle accused Tallawahs franchise chief executive Jeff Miller and owner Krish Persaud of ‘playing a game’ conspiracy. He fierced criticism towards them and reserved for Sarwan who he accused of having a role in his unexpected dismissal.
Gayle referred to Sarwan as a ‘snake’ and described the former batsman as ‘worse than the coronavirus’ in the YouTube video. Later Sarwan has denied any involvement in the dismissal of Gayle’s Tallawah’s contract from the franchise.
The CWI president called the incident unfortunate. He said that CWI was keeping a close eye on the situation, but insisted that for now the prerogative of taking action by the CPL authority to see the validation.
“It cannot be good for West Indies cricket obviously. It is certainly not something that I enjoyed reading about,”
Skerritt told Trinidad radio station i955fm in a recent interview.
“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 behavior brings that contract to some level of disrepute. So, I would expect that this most recent matter is not over,” he added,
“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 CWI boss suggested to inform the regional cricket governor and take measures according to regulations.
“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,” Skerritt said.