Gayle will not face CPL disciplinary hearing after issuing statement
The CPL Committee decided to not constitute a Tribunal in the matter related to Chris Gayle’s outburst against his former franchise, Jamaica Tallawahs, after the veteran opener admitted that his comments were “damaging to the CPL Tournament and its brand”. The Committee also noted that the matter was closed. On May 6th, the CPL Tournament Committee received a formal complaint from the CPL alleging breaches of its Tournament Rules & Regulations by Mr. Chris Gayle, arising from a series of videos that he had posted to his personal YouTube channel on April 27th. Having circulated the complaint, the CTC unanimously decided that it satisfied the prima facie test. In accordance with its Disciplinary Powers, it authorized the establishment of an independent three (3) member Tribunal to hear the matter. Notwithstanding, intense efforts were made to settle the charges for the benefit of CWI, CPL, and Mr. Gayle, before impaneling its members. These efforts have resulted in acceptance by Mr. Gayle of the need to issue the statement attached hereto. This was received by the CTC and shared with the CPL & CWI to the satisfaction of all parties. Given the assurance of Mr. Gayle to act in good faith, it, therefore, is no longer necessary to impanel a Tribunal. The CTC, the CPL, and CWI, therefore, consider the matter closed.
Statement by Gayle: Recently, I posted three videos on my personal YouTube channel, where I addressed the reasons for my departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise ahead of the 2020 CPL tournament. I made these videos with one single intention, to explain to the fans in Jamaica the reasons behind what has now become my second departure from the Tallawahs franchise. It was my greatest wish to finish my CPL career in Jamaica, playing in front of my home crowd at Sabina Park with the franchise that I had previously led to two CPL titles. In so far as my resentment at the treatment, I stand by my comments in those videos. My words were spoken from the heart. Having said that, I must be honest and say that I now realize how portions of my comments may be viewed as being damaging to Cricket West Indies, and to the CPL Tournament and its brand, a tournament which I have sincerely enjoyed not just being a part of, but also helping to build and promote. It was never my intention to damage the T20 Tournament, as playing in the CPL has guaranteed an opportunity for the past 7 years to play in front of the great fans of the Caribbean. This is a privilege that I genuinely appreciate and have never taken for granted. Right now, my eyes are fixed firmly on the season ahead, and the new challenge which playing for the St. Lucia Zouks franchise will bring. I hope to see you there.
Earlier, Chris Gayle lashed out at Sarwan for his ouster:
Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus right now. What transpired with the Tallawahs, I know you have a big part to play in this. Because you and the owner are like this. You claim we are friends, but yet still, you don’t pick up the phone and call. Sarwan, you were the one at my last birthday party here in Jamaica, on the platform giving a big speech on how far we have come. Sarwan, you are a snake, he said. You’re so vindictive, you are still immature, you are still stabbing people in the back. When are you going to change, Sarwan, When are you planning to change? We were roommates, we shared the same room, You allowed the management staff to send me home from Barbados. I will never forget that. I forgive, but I will never forget. You went and told the management team that you can’t sleep because Chris Gayle watches TV too late at night. That’s what I got sent home for. In everybody’s eyes, you act like you are this saint, you are this good person. Sarwan, you’re evil, You’re wicked. You’re poison.