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No batsman is deadlier than West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle when the big Jamaican gets going. But on Monday, Gayle, who is currently in Australia playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League T20 tournament, created a big controversy by openly flirting with Channel 10 female reporter Mel McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was interviewing Gayle on the field after he scored a whirlwind 41 off just 15 balls against Tasmania.
Gayle left the female reporter very uncomfortable when he told her, “I wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I’m here. I get to see your eyes for the first time, it’s nice. Hopefully we can win and go for a drink after. Don’t blush baby.”
After he drew widespread criticism for his behaviour, Gayle was fined $7,000 by his club Melbourne Renegade. He also offered his apology to the female reporter.
“There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel. It was a simple comment, a simple joke. If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way, to harm any particular person in any particular way like that. It was a simple joke … I don’t know how it reached this far, to be honest. It is one of those things,” Gayle said.
Gayle’s flirtatious remarks also left Big Bash League boss Anthony Everard very angry. “Just no place in the BBL or, for that matter, cricket anywhere, for that sort of behaviour,” he said. Everard said the League will take up the matter with Gayle.
Even Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland was also very unhappy with Chris Gayle.
“I don’t think at the end of all this Chris will be under any illusions as to what we think of it. I am not ruling out sanctions. We need to work through and take advice from relevant people,” he said.