The Australian TV presenter showed remarkable composure but immediately cut short the interview when Gayle made the “eyes” comment a second time. Cricket Australia and the Big Bash league officials found the episode “inappropriate”. Chief James Sutherland said Gayle was not in a “nightclub” and his behaviour was “not cool”. “I think that anyone who sees humour in that is misunderstanding and somewhat delusional about the situation,” Sutherland added.
Gayle has been fined by his team in the Big Bash League for Australian $10,000 (approx. INR 4.70 lakh).
He has issued an apology insisting that it was a “simple joke”.
“There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way… It was a simple joke. The game was going on. Entertainment, things get out of proportion, but these things happen… We have to move on. Simple.”
McLaughlin has reportedly accepted Gayle’s apology but said that she did not expect to be in the centre of “such conversations”. “(It’s) definitely a good thing people are talking. We want equality, we always want equality.”
Gayle is unlike any cricketer. He is known for his flamboyant lifestyle around babes and even a ‘strip-club’ at home.