NEW DELHI, India, Wednesday May 25, 2016 – Days after West Indies opener Chris Gayle was involved in another sexism row, Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades has confirmed that they will not be re-signing him for next summer’s KFC Big Bash League.
Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry said yesterday that the club is looking elsewhere to fill its overseas quota.
“We’ll unveil our international signings soon and Chris (Gayle) isn’t part of those plans,” Coventry was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The decision of the Renegades to not call upon Gayle’s services effectively ends his chance of featuring in this season’s tournament, with the remaining clubs having already signed or having shown no interest in the Jamaican.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dwayne Bravo could be a replacement for Gayle.
The development comes a day after Gayle launched a scathing attack on former cricketers Chris Rogers, Ian Chappell and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in his forthcoming autobiography “Six Machine: I Don`t Like Cricket… I Love It.”
Earlier this year, Gayle was fined US$7,500 and was censured heavily by these former cricketers over his notorious comments to Ten Sports TV presenter Mel McLaughlin during last year`s BBL.
He was seen asking the young female journalist out on a date during a broadcast interview before adding the infamous “Don`t blush, baby” remark.
Although the Jamaican had offered a qualified apology to the reporter, he insisted that it was “a simple joke” that had been blown out of proportion.
Gayle, who is currently in India with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), found himself in hot water again after being accused of fresh sexist remarks, during an interview with Charlotte Edwardes of The Times magazine.
The interview was conducted on the sidelines of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography.
According to an article published by the London-based journalist, the 36-year-old cricket star, who calls himself the “Universe Boss,” asked her whether she had ever had a threesome and claimed to have “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld” before adding, “You think you could lift it? You`d need two hands.”
According to cricbuzz.com, Gayle had a disappointing 2015-16 season with the Renegades, scoring 260 runs at an average of 32.5 and a strike rate of 155.7.
The high point of the season was reportedly a 17-ball 56 in the final league match against Adelaide Strikers, reaching his fifty from just 12 balls, the joint fastest fifty (along with India’s Yuvraj Singh) in the history of T20s.