Women in Gayle’s room arrested for security breach
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Chris Gayle made news once again, but not for his big hits or quirky celebrations. Security officials at the Cinnamon Grand hotel arrested three British women in the wee hours for socializing with Gayle in his room along with team mates Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith and Fidel Edwards, raising concerns from police authorities and ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit. The women were later released from custody.
Police treated it as a breach of security, because the players have been accorded the security levels reserved for heads-of-the-state, making hotel floors out of bounds for outsiders. Though players are allowed to bring guests into their rooms, they are supposed to register the names with the hotel security. The trouble began when the women's names were not in the list, and the players refused to recognize them as their guests.
"Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations," the police said in a statement. The girls were questioned by the local police as well as ACSU, who initially suspected them to be a part of gang trying to honey-trap cricketers.
The International Cricket Council has refused to get into the matter, saying that "they are aware of the developments" but called it an internal matter of the West Indies team management. Last week a Sri Lankan national was arrested for approaching Australian players with an offer to bring women to hotel rooms.