Jamaica:West Indies opener Chris Gayle has lashed out at his former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan and called him ' snake' and 'worse than coronavirus', accusing the Guyanese of plotting his exit from Caribbean Premier League team Jamaica Tallawahs.
Gayle, who has since moved to St Lucia Zouks, blamed Sarwan for an alleged fallout with Tallawahs franchise, which did not retain him for the 2020 season after playing for them as a marquee player last year.
The big-hitting batsman claimed that Sarwan was behind his ouster as he wanted to take control of the franchise.
''Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus right now,'' Gayle said in the video released in three parts on his official YouTube channel on Monday where he ripped apart the former West Indian skipper.
''What transpired with the Tallahwahs, you had a big part to play. Sarwan, you were the one who gave a big speech at 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. When are you planning to change?" he added.
Ramnaresh Sarwan is the assistant coach of Jamaica Tallawahs.
Continuing his attack on his former West Indies teammate, Gayle said, "Out of that era - 1996 - I'm the only one active, playing. Everyone else retired. I'm the last man standing within that era...and I'm still going strong. So it kind of hurt them to see Chris Gayle still playing and still being successful.''
''I'm talking about past and present players. But I'm dealing with you Sarwan. I'll deal (with the others) whenever that time comes, " he added.
Gayle played his first four CPL seasons with Tallawahs before turning out for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the next two seasons respectively. He re-joined Tallawahs the previous season as a marquee player before his alleged fall-out with the franchise.He will represent St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 CPL season where he will be playing under the leadership of Darren Sammy and head coach Andy Flower.
The CPL is scheduled between August 19 and September 26, however, there could be a change in the dates due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. (UNI)