According to several media reports in the Australian media, the ongoing BigBash season might well be Chris Gayle’s last season in the BBL. He is currently playing for Melbourne Renegades and will play his next match against Melbourne Stars. He recently sparked a controversy after replying to Channel Ten’s reporter Mel McLaughlin in an inappropriate manner. He paid a fine of 10k Australian dollars and also apologised to Mel.
Popular Australian journalist Robert Craddock said that Cricket Australia has had enough of him and he is all set to be banned. He added that Cricket Australia won’t sanction his presence for next year and this is mainly on two grounds. The major one has been his behaviour off the field and secondly that the domestic players have outplayed the foreign stars this season and the tournament can now stand on its own.
He also talked about the other controversy that has crept up regarding Gayle in which he has been accused of exposing his genitals to a woman. He added that his offence in this regard is yet not proved but it doesn’t help the tournament.
Earlier former Australian skipper Allan Border had said that Chris Gayle’s offence has been ‘ hanging offence’. Talking about the fine imposed on Chris Gayle, Robert added that such a fine doesn’t mean anything to a guy who owns more than 30 million. He should either have been suspended or sacked if his offence was considered a serious one. He added that his off-field behaviour has always been under scrutiny and for someone like him, one just can’t have any sympathy. He also added that his presence affects the youth those are being targetted by the BBL.
For the time being, there is nothing official and we may have to wait for the end of the season to get an official confirmation.