Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs released a statement earlier today in which they clarified that the decision to let local superstar Chris Gayle go was purely for ‘business purpose’ and had nothing to do with any other individual.
The statement read, “The ownership and management of the Jamaica Tallawahs was disappointed to see the comments made by Mr Christopher Gayle about his departure from the Tallawahs, as we would much rather have had these discussions in private.”
On Monday, Chris Gayle released a series of videos on YouTube, calling out his former West Indies teammate, Ramnaresh Sarwan for turning the management against him. Gayle termed Sarwan as a snake and described him to be worse than the Coronavirus. He accused Sarwan of getting back at him when he refused to back Sarwan’s bid to become team manager.
The statement also clarified that this incident had nothing to do with the departure of Gayle from the franchise, as it read, “Mr 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 Mr Ramnaresh Sarwan, and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning.”
Dismissing Gayle’s claims of being a victim of political games, the statement read, “Further, the ownership and management of the Tallawahs have no political affiliation with any political organization in any country of the Caribbean.”
“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 ownership and management of the Tallawahs will not be making any further comment on this matter as we are focusing on building the team for the future.”
Gayle, who has played 68 Caribbean Premier League matches in all, scoring 2255 runs at an average of 43.36, with 4 hundreds and 13 fifties, is set to join the St. Lucia Zouks for the upcoming season.