Chris Gayle has launched into a verbal tirade at former West Indies teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan, accusing him of engineering his exit from the Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.
Gayle's move to St Lucia Zouks ahead of this year's edition of the six-team competition was confirmed last week.
Delving into the reasons for his ouster from the Tallawahs' set-up, Gayle blasted the T20 side's assistant coach Sarwan in a remarkable three-part video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
The big-hitting southpaw's vitriolic attack on Sarwan featured him using the terms "snake", "backstabber" and "worse than coronavirus" to describe the 39-year-old.
"Right now Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus," a furious Gayle said in his outburst.
"You are a snake, you are so vindictive still immature, still stabbing people in the back.
"What transpired with the Tallawahs, you had a big part to play," added Gayle, the all-time leading run-scorer in T20s.
"You know, Sarwan, you're not the most loved person in the Caribbean ... You're so vindictive. You're still immature, still stabbing people in the back."
Gayle began his CPL career with the Tallawahs and captained them to title wins in 2013 and 2016.
He later enjoyed a spell with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots before rejoining the Jamaican franchise last year.
Gayle was contracted to represent the Tallawahs for three years but his association with the team ended in abrupt circumstances and animosity.
The self-styled 'Universe Boss' played a majority of his international career alongside Sarwan, who donned the Caribbean cricket jersey in 87 Tests, 181 ODIs and 18 T20Is.
Despite their long-term acquaintance, Gayle complained about Sarwan manipulating his good relations with the Tallawahs owners in order to create a negative image surrounding the veteran opener.
Gayle, who also holds the record for the highest individual score in the shortest format, believes that Sarwan wanted to take complete control of the CPL team and saw him as a challenge to his authority, feeding into the bitterness between the two.
"You are no good. You are despicable," said Gayle of the Guyanese cricketer.
"You want the franchise, have it. There's no Gayle. You run the show."
Tracing the roots of their troubled relationship, Gayle took a trip down memory lane and shared how Sarwan was keen on causing problems for him even back when they were playing age-group cricket together.
"From 1996, that's when our careers started in youth cricket days. We shared the same room in the West Indian Under-19s.
"You allowed the management staff to send me home from Barbados. I forgive but I'll never forget that.
"You told the management team you can't sleep because Chris Gayle was watching TV too late at night. That's what I got sent home for."
Gayle remarked that although he had forgiven Sarwan for this specific incident, he had "not forgotten" it yet.
"In everybody's eyes, you act as if you're a saint ... Sarwan, you're evil, you're wicked, you're poison. When are you gonna change, Sarwan, seriously? When are you planning to change?"