Popular West Indies batsman Christopher Gayle has ruled himself out of this year’s star studded big bash league. The 37-year old disclosed his decision in an interview during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) clash between Rangpur Riders and Chittagong Vikings.
The Jamaican revealed, “Out of the Big Bash League this year, (I) will spend time with family.”
Gayle had played for Melbourne Renegades in the 2015/16 BBL edition and made a huge furor following a controversial exchange with television presenter Mel McLaughlin. When he was asked the reason behind his aggressive batting during a match against Hobart Hurricanes, the hitter said, “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so. Hopefully, we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”
Those comments were obviously deemed sexist and garnered criticism from various people. Some people from the cricket fraternity also suggested to levy an embargo on Gayle.
Cricket Australia Chief James Sutherland had said that the field was not a nightclub, and Gayle should have kept in mind that it was a workplace. Those sorts of comments border on harassment and are completely inappropriate in cricket, or in a workplace
Eventually, the negative feelings about Gayle began to subside.
However, for this season of the BBL, Gayle’s recurring back injury and waning reflexes have reportedly have caused him to slip under the radar of most of the BBL teams. As he often does, the hard left-hander has decided to have the last laugh by taking the matter out of the administrators’ hands.
Gayle also said that lack of family time is another reason he has opted out of the tournament. He wants to spend quality time with his infant daughter.
The Big Bash League will surely miss some long sixes out of the park.
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