Australian Big Bash League’s Melbourne Renegades has confirmed that they have cut ties with the West Indian explosive batsman, Chris Gayle.
Renegades has come to this decision after Chris Gayle’s another immensely sexist interview with Charlotte Edwardes of The Time Magazine. The Jamaican star can also face a ban from the English county where he was supposed to represent Somerset very soon.
The interview was held on the sidelines during the ongoing IPL on the occasion of his autobiography launch which is named as “Six Machine: I Don`t Like Cricket… I Love It.”
Melbourne Renegades chief executive, Stuart Coventry has made it public that the club is looking beyond signing Gayle , “We’ll unveil our international signings soon and Chris isn’t part of those plans,” he said.
Chris Gayle has been featuring headlines repeatedly since his indecent interview with Mel Laughlin during the last edition of the Big Bash League where he made the controversial remaks “don’t blush baby’.
The West Indian star was heavily criticized for his words, he was asked for an apology and was also slapped with a heavy fine. But, later, Gayle coined his comment as ‘a joke’.
It seems like none of the teams involved in the BBL is looking to get the hard-hitting left-handed batsman onboard for the next season.
The 36-year old batting allrounder might get tumble into trouble as the IPL Chairman, Rajiv Shukla has stated, “The players must behave. We expect the players to adhere to a certain kind of behavior when the tournament is on. The players should maintain the sanctity of the league. These kind of statements are totally uncalled for in public domain. I will take up this issue with the president and the secretary of the BCCI.”
The BCCI has maintained a policy of keeping distance from the issue and will only come into action if a formal complaint is lodged against the man.
However, West Indian World T20 winning skipper and Gayle’s teammate has termed him’an easy target’. Sammy said, “Chris Gayle is just a target to sell newspapers, especially now.”
“Chris Gayle is an entertainer,” he says. “Too much is expected of him. He’s my team-mate and I have a lot of respect for him,” he added.