Days after the Jamaica Tallawahs were involved in the Gayle-Sarwan controversy, the CPL franchise has gone under the radar once again, this time involving Jamaican Cricketer Ramaal Lewis.
Lewis was picked as the 16th player for the Tallawahs in the online draft, only to be replaced by Guyanese left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, which was confirmed on Monday when a public release of the recorded CPL draft was aired.
Brad Gillings, Lewis’ agent, reached out to the Jamaica-based franchise for an explanation, only to be told that team owner, Kris Persaud, had mistakenly named Lewis instead of Permaul as their 16th pick.
In a statement received by The Gleaner from the Gillings Sports Management Communications team on Wednesday, Gillings was quoted as saying, “This is a very unfortunate event, and we hope the Jamaica Tallawahs can own up to their mistake and the effects it can have mentally on a young player’s career long term.”
“We are imploring the Tallawahs to be bold and do what is right, which is to apologise and compensate Mr Lewis for opportunities denied, or restore his place in the team as there were four available spots after his selection which could’ve been an opportunity for another team to draft him.”
A few days ago, West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle lashed out at the Jamaica Tallawahs and their then assistant coach, Ramnaresh Sarwan, claiming to have been victimized by the team management, spearheaded by the franchise’s CEO Jeff Miller.