Cricket West Indies chief Ricky Skerritt has stated Chris Gayle is likely to be punished for his recent angry outburst against former teammate and Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Gayle's rant against Sarwan for causing his exit from the Tallawahs could lead to him being pulled up by the Caribbean Premier League authorities.
The big-hitting opening batsman made a surprise move to St Lucia Zouks for the 2020 CPL season despite having joined the Tallawahs on a three-year contract in 2019.
Gayle, 40, then launched into a verbal tirade directed at Sarwan for plotting his removal from the Tallawahs' outfit, calling him a "snake" and a "backstabber".
Skerritt said a possible sanction was on the cards for Gayle for taking his "interpersonal battle" public and hoped it won't affect the remainder of his career.
"I'm sure there is some kind of discussion taking place at the moment between Chris and the CPL because the CPL has rules which will come into view here because Chris is signed into a franchise team," Skerrit said on i95FM Sports as quoted by ‘Jamaica-Gleaner’.
"I hope it doesn't become a world matter in terms of the career of Mr. Gayle because it's been a very outstanding career and I really wouldn't want to see it brought to an end by this event," he added.
Gayle, T20 cricket's leading run-scorer, recalled instances of Sarwan making sure he was lost his respect in the Tallawahs' setup. He accused the Guyanese of harbouring a greed for power and desiring to take control of the franchise.
"Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus right now," Gayle had claimed in a three-part video uploaded on YouTube.
"What transpired with the Tallawahs, you have a big part to play because you and the owner are like this [very close]."
Sarwan later released a statement denying all the allegations and termed the whole episode as an unfortunate occurrence.
Skerritt conceded Gayle's actions were not something expected from a player of his stature and said his choice of words brought "disrepute" to the league.
"It's certainly not something that I enjoyed looking at or reading about…I think Chris clearly has a number of concerns on his mind and he decided to go public.
"Personally, I think that was unfortunate, but the process will have to take its course and that process will get triggered because he is a contracted player in the CPL within the West Indies league," Skerritt said.
"If a player is contracted to a club or a franchise or to Cricket West Indies that kind of behaviour brings that contract into some level of disrepute."