Gayle issues apology over YouTube video comments, CPL considers the matter closed

By May 15, 2020

Chris Gayle has apologized for some of the comments made regarding his departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs in three videos posted on YouTube on April 27.

 In light of the development, the CPL now considers the matter closed.

 In the three videos, Gayle claimed that Jamaica Tallawahs’ CEO Jeff Miller had him agree to a pay cut on three separate occasions only to be excluded from the list of players the franchise chose to retain for the 2020 season.

Earlier this week, the Tallawahs citing a focus on rebuilding announced that they retained Andre Russell, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas and Chadwick Walton.

 Gayle had also lashed out at Ramnaresh Sarwan, the team’s assistant coach, calling him a snake while accusing him of conspiring with the owners to get him out of the franchise.

 The agreement that led to the Universe Boss’ decision to offer an apology stems from efforts made by the CPL and the relevant parties to settle the matter before it would be heard by a CPL Tournament Committee that received a formal complaint about the player’s actions on May 6.

 In his apology, Gayle said he realised the damage some of his comments may have caused.

 “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,” Gayle said.

 “It was never my intention to damage the T20 Tournament, as playing in the CPL has guaranteed an opportunity for the past seven years to play in front of the great fans of the Caribbean. This is a privilege which I genuinely appreciate and have never taken for granted.”

 However, Gayle stood by other comments made during the videos that created quite a stir across the globe.

 “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,” he said.

 “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.”

 According to the CPL, the Tournament Committee received a formal complaint on May 6, alleging breaches of its Tournament Rules & Regulations by Gayle, arising from a series of videos, which he had posted to his personal YouTube channel on April 27.

 Having circulated the complaint, the CTC unanimously decided that it satisfied the prima facie test. In accordance with its Disciplinary Powers, it authorised the establishment of an independent three-member Tribunal to hear the matter.  

 Notwithstanding, intense efforts were made to settle the charges for the benefit of CWI, CPL and Gayle before empanelling its members, the CPL explained.

 According to the CPL, these efforts have resulted in acceptance by Mr Gayle of the need to issue the statement that 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 empanel a Tribunal. The CTC, the CPL and CWI, therefore, consider the matter closed.”




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