Melbourne Renegades’ failure to re-sign Chris Gayle has left the Jamaica and West Indies star batsman with an unpalatable taste.
Chris Gayle, now popularly referred to by team mates and fans alike as Worl’ Boss because of his batting exploits and prowess on the cricket pitch believes that he was hard done by his former Big Bash club — Melbourne Renegades.
According to a press report, Gayle has speculated that he was made a scapegoat after receiving widespread criticism for comments made to female reporter Mel McLaughlin during last season’s Australian Big Bash T20 league.
At the time of the incident, Gayle, had just been dismissed for a rapid 41 off 15 balls in the Melbourne Renegades’ comfortable win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
He was later engaged in an interview by female journalist Mel McLaughlin
on live television when the interview veered from cricket, with the opening batsman asking McLaughlin if she wanted to come out for a drink with him, before quickly adding “don’t blush baby.”
“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here,” Gayle told McLaughlin.
“Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice.”
“So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby,” said Gayle.
The 36 year old posited that people who had an agenda against him, tried to oust him from the league because of the foregoing scenario which he viewed as an innocent joke.
He also argued that the league is something that he helped to build.
“To be honest, going into details was just a lot of double standard. Chris Gayle started that Big Bash and it blew up this big now and yet still, they want to say you should ban Chris Gayle, get rid of Chris Gayle from all leagues around the world, Chris is sexist; it’s just ridiculous. How can you brand me for running a joke like that,” said the former West Indies captain.
Gayle’s exchange with the interviewer drew a lot of negative criticisms in both social media and the traditional press.
The Melbourne Renegades subsequently decided not to re-sign the man with the biggest bat from Jamaica.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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