Gayle, Sarwan fiasco highlight cricket’s ‘Dark Side’

first_img-Sarwan’s side of things could shift narrativeBy Clifton RossT20 Universe Boss Chris Gayle went on a verbal tirade recently, calling out a number of high-profile individuals including former West Indies teammate and Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan for his departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs.Gayle, who is one of the more outspoken players, a reflection of his approach on the field didn’t hold back as he called out Tallawahs owner Kris Persaud along with Geoff Miller and Sarwan, for forming some sort of a coup which saw him being released from the franchise he helped win two CPL titles.While Gayle might me right on his half of the story, which in summary basically stated that Sarwan and company after a number of conversations among the respective parties, had mixed views on issues surrounding Gayle admitting to taking two pay cuts and Sarwan who was poised to be head coach of the franchise.The former Guyana and Windies skipper joined the franchise a few seasons ago and according to Gayle was pushing for the head coach role.After conversations with his former teammate who he even played with at the Under-19 level, took a different direction after the opener admitted to telling Sarwan that he didn’t think he was suited for the head coach role, given his lack of experience in the position.When things went left, Gayle said it was then the process of his ousting began, as sources within CPL close to the Jamaican batsman telling him that his name was not on the list of retained players by the franchise.The rest was history as Gayle then took his talents to St Lucia where he will team up with another old teammate in Zouks skipper Darren Sammy, for this year’s edition of the tournament.Despite the accusations, half of the story still remains in the dark with Sarwan’s thoughts now left to be aired. The plot twist could lay in the hands of a former middle-order batsman who could outline reasons which could possibly shift the narrative of the tale.If Sarwan turns out to be the puppet master indeed and essentially provides strong reasons behind the Gayle move, then the story could indeed be more saucy if the `Universe Boss’ was the catalyst behind his own demise.The Ghost of Sars now looms as the ex-Windies batsman has yet to reply to Gayle’s comments, at least for the time being.In all, the summary of the story is that until Sarwan and company denies any of the allegations or makes a statement regarding the situation; then Gayle’s remarks will be the heart of the fiasco.The entire situation further tells a tale that cricket despite being a gentleman’s game and one of utmost sportsmanship; possesses a darker side.last_img

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