Chris Gayle has survived a punishment for his public outburst against Ramnaresh Sarwan following his unceremonious exit from the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The CPL Tournament Committee conveyed in a media release that there was no need to probe the matter further after Gayle offered an apology for the insulting rant, though the flamboyant batsman "stood by his comments".
"On May 6th, the CPL Tournament Committee received a formal complaint from the CPL alleging breaches of its Tournament Rules & Regulations by Mr. Chris Gayle, arising from a series of videos which he had posted to his personal YouTube channel on April 27th. 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 (3) member Tribunal to hear the matter," the CTC statement read.
"Notwithstanding, intense efforts were made to settle the charges for the benefit of CWI, CPL and Mr. Gayle, before empanelling its members. These efforts have resulted in an acceptance by Mr. Gayle of the need to issue the statement attached hereto. This 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," it concluded.
Gayle had used terms such as "worse than coronavirus", "immature", "snake" and "vindictive" to describe his former teammate and Tallawahs assistant coach Sarwan.
In response, the Guyanese dismissed all allegations saying he had no part to play in Gayle's ouster from the CPL franchise.
Although Cricket West Indies chief Ricky Skerritt recently hinted at the likelihood of Gayle being sanctioned for his verbal tirade, the big-hitting southpaw has admitted his remarks had the potential to hurt the reputation of cricket in the Caribbean.
"Recently, I posted three videos on my personal YouTube channel, where I addressed the reasons for my departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise ahead of the 2020 CPL tournament," Gayle said in his apology accepted by the CPL authorities.
"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. 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."
"Having said that, 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. It was never my intention to damage the T20 Tournament, as playing in the CPL has guaranteed an opportunity for the past 7 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."