Sarwan shocked by Gayle’s comments

May 01, 2020
Sarwan
Sarwan

Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan has come out in his defence following damning comments made by former teammate Chris Gayle.

On Monday, Gayle accused the Guyanese in a series of YouTube video posts of instigating his departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs and destabilising the franchise.

In a two-page media release yesterday, Sarwan said he was shocked by the "scandalous allegations" aimed at him and a number of persons, and it was only fair for him to clear the air on the utterances, which he says are false. He said Gayle's comments have done immeasurable damage to the "gentleman's game" of cricket.

"I categorically deny any involvement in the decision or the decision-making process which led to Gayle's non-selection to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament."

'Considered Him A Friend'

Sarwan said he had always respected Gayle and considered him a close friend, and even defended the Jamaican when they called for his international ban after getting into trouble with an Australian female journalist.

The Guyanese, who has been with the Tallawahs franchise since 2018, also sought to clear the air on the naming of the head coach of the franchise. Gayle accused Sarwan of fighting for the post.

"I was first offered to play for the side. I refused because I felt that young and upcoming Jamaican and regional talents, as well as overseas players, ought to be given that opportunity.

"I was then offered the position of head coach but deferred to Mark O'Donnell, who was with the team several years prior. Instead, I accepted the position of assistant coach.

"In 2019, I was appointed head coach. I reached out to Chris and discussed with him the selection of a team. I did so out of respect for him.

"In my conversation with Gayle about the team, he informed me that Donovan Miller, a Jamaican and a very close friend of Chris, should be appointed head coach as he would better understand the culture of the Jamaican players.

"I conveyed Gayle's view to the CEO, informing the CEO that I would be happy to step aside for Miller's appointment, given that Chris feels strongly about his appointment.

"My priority was what would be in the best interest of the team. Gayle is fully aware of the background, yet he accuses me of fighting to be head coach."

Sarwan also rejected Gayle's allegations that he (Sarwan) encouraged foreign players to disrespect the Jamaican.

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