Controversies seem to follow the swashbuckling West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and another issue seems to have put his IPL future in doubt after the batsman allegedly made lewd remarks to a female journalist in an interview published by the British newspaper Times.
His controversial comments in the interview has first led to the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades announcing that they will not offer him a fresh contract for next season.
The hard-hitter also faces a possible censure from English county club Somerset, for whom he’s slated to play soon. The Jamaican’s latest antics may have just put him in serious trouble in the IPL as well.
Rajib Shukla, the IPL chairman, has decided to take the whole issue into his hand, as the tournament is still on. He also mentioned the matter will be discussed with Royal Challengers (RCB) management. Shukla is waiting for IPL to get done and then take an action accordingly if the matter gets worse.
“The players must behave themselves. We expect the players to adhere to a certain kind of behaviour 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,” Shukla was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
In the much-discussed interview, Gayle boasted about his “very, very big bat” and asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes if she has had a threesome. The interview was full of such innuendos and earned him widespread criticism from the cricket fraternity, yet again. Earlier the Jamaican was highly criticised after sexually harassing Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin on live TV during the BBL in January.