Swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle has blamed former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan for his ouster from Caribbean Premier League team Jamaica Tallawahs and called the 39-year-old a “snake”, “vindictive” and worse than coronavirus.
“Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus right now,” Gayle said in a three-part video on his Youtube channel while speaking about his move to St Lucia Zouks, his fourth change of franchise in CPL.
“What transpired with the Tallahwahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you were the one who gave a big speech on 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.
“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,” he added.
Gayle, who started his CPL journey with Tallawahs before moving to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, had returned in 2019 as a marquee player for his second stint with the team and had signed a three year contract.
The 40-year-old opener insisted that he had signed a three-year contract as he wanted to finish his career in Jamaica uniform but Tallawahs’ move to not retain him has now changed things for him.
Gayle insisted that Sarwan wanted to be the head coach of the team and he had explained to the former teammate why it was not a good idea.
“I told Sarwan directly that ‘Sarwan, you have no experience being a head coach. It is not an easy job,” said Gayle.
“The amount of lies this guy told on the players. Sarwan wanted to put curfew on the players when the games were 8 ‘o’clock at night…he wanted to know why there were so many Jamaicans on the team. You take it upon yourself and say too many Jamaicans on the team.”
The 40-year-old said the other reason for his ouster could be his visit to a community meeting arranged by Guyana’s Minister of State Joseph Harmon.
“This is all coming from one visit to Guyana. Apparently, Guyana had their election and the minister invited me to his community and the other side, which the owner is a part of as well, got offended and they all take it personal,” he added.