BBL condemn Gayle for 'disrespectful' interview


Chris Gayle will be spoken to about his future conduct over controversial comments made during Melbourne Renegades' Big Bash League victory over Hobart Hurricanes.

The West Indies opener launched the Hurricanes' bowling attack all over the Bellerive Oval on Monday as he plundered 41 runs off just 15 balls.

His runs along with 60 from Aaron Finch helped the Renegades reach their 141-run target with six overs to spare, but Gayle put himself in hot water in an interview following his dismissal.

Speaking to Mel McLaughlin of Ten Network, Gayle said: "Hopefully we can win this game and you and I can have a drink after. Don't blush, baby."

His interview prompted an on-air apology from the game's on-air commentators, with BBL chief Anthony Everard also condemning his comments.

"I head Chris' comments and they're disrespectful and simply inappropriate," he said in a statement. "We'll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it.

"This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females.

"There's just no place in the BBL - or for that matter, cricket anywhere - for that sort of behaviour."

Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry echoed those views and vowed to speak to Gayle about the incident.

He said: "I heard Chris's comments and we agree with both Cricket Australia and Channel 10 that they're disrespectful and simply inappropriate.

"We'll certainly be talking to him in association with Cricket Australia about it.

"The Melbourne Renegades is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. There's just no place for that sort of behaviour."