Just hours after Chris Gayle lashed out at Jamaica Tallawahs, star allrounder Andre Russell has also followed suit. The West Indies star has come down hard on the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise for its “unprofessionalism” and called it the “weirdest” team he has ever played for.
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Earlier this week, Chris Gayle launched a stunning rant against the franchise and his former teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan over his departure from the team. Earlier this month, the former West Indies skipper joined St Lucia Zouks as their marquee player.
Gayle had singled out Sarwan for conspiring his ouster from the franchise and also blamed Tallawahs’ chief executive officer Jeff Miller and owner Krish Persaud for “playing a game” with him. And Andre Russell has also made it clear that all is not well at the franchise.
“This year was way different. This is the weirdest franchise that I have ever played in. And when I mean weird, people that [are] supposed to reach out to you as an individual, and I am not just a normal player in the Jamaica Tallawahs team – I was once a leader. I realise how they look at things and how they do things.”
“I felt like a first-class player that just made his debut one game ago. Your opinion is not valuable. That’s how I was treated,” said Andre Russell.
The Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder, who is one of the best T20 players in the world right now, also alleged that his questions were never answered and he was always kept in the dark. He further added that lack of communication was the primary problem with the franchise.
“Even when I ask questions: who you guys planning on retaining? Who you guys planning on buying? I don’t get no answer on that. So, I just leave it,” said Andre Russell.
“Addressing unprofessionalism in this team is all about communication.
“The communication was the biggest problem when it comes to all of this. Up till now, I don’t know nothing that is going on. I don’t know nothing that was happening in the Jamaica Tallawahs team. And now it looks like me, Rovman, Floyd Reifer plan up, and I get rid of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris have a three-year contract with Tallawahs. You’re not supposed to breach a contract. As a franchise you can get in trouble with that,” he added.
The star player also stated that he might not be playing with Tallawahs the next season, saying:
“I think this might be my last season for Jamaica Tallawahs. I’m just clearing the air.”