After a lot of speculations on Chris Gayle’s participation in the Big Bash League, the Melbourne Renegades have confirmed they will not re-sign the controversial West Indian for the next edition of BBL.
The Renegades’ decision to exclude Gayle from their plans comes as the West Indian launches a publicity drive for his forthcoming autobiography in which he has taken aim at some former players.
Chris Gayle was severely criticised after his remarks on a female journalist named Mel McLaughlin.The West Indies batsman told McLaughlin: “I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well”. Gayle then added: “Don’t blush, baby.”
Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry has confirmed the club is looking elsewhere for BBL.
“We’ll unveil our international signings soon and Chris isn’t part of those plans,” Coventry told News Corp.
After facing banishment from BBL, Gayle now faces a possible censure from his UK county club Somerset when he arrives in the UK following his latest controversial remarks to a female journalist in that country. Gayle boasted about his “very, very big bat” and asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes from British newspaper The Times if she had ever had a threesome.
Chris Rogers, Ian Chappell and Andrew Flintoff were very critical of Gayle’s comments to McLaughlin last summer and the self-titled “Universe Boss” has hit back in his book.
“I was very wary of the role he was setting for the younger guys, and I spoke to them quite a bit about it – ‘do you think this is good behaviour, would you do this kind of thing?’” Rogers told ABC in January.
“This is a pattern of behaviour. If you know the guy, you see it over and over.”
Five months later, Gayle has fired back, claiming Rogers has his own dirty laundry.
“Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?,”
Gayle wrote, “I’m not a snitch, but I’ve heard from your own mouth what you’ve done. Next time you want to open your mouth, maybe chew on a carrot instead.”
Rogers was not the only Australian targeted in Gayle’s autobiography, with Ian Chappell also criticised for requesting a global cricket ban be imposed on the controversial Jamaican.
“Ian Chappell, calling for me to be banned worldwide. Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself.”
Following Gayle’s interview with McLaughlin, Flintoff tweeted “Big fan of @henrygayle but made himself look a bit of a chop there.”
— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) January 4, 2016
“This coming from a man who admitted he took Viagra during a Test match. Freddie Flintstone, a young boy like you taking Viagra? Don’t lecture me. The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four.”
However, the left-hander claims that his controversial remarks to Mclaughlin were blown out of proportion and insisted he “meant it as a joke”.
Gayle was forced to apologise after the incident but later he said: “I meant it as a joke. I meant it as a little fun. I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and I didn’t mean it to be taken serious.