BANGALORE – West Indies opener Chris Gayle’s “friendly fun” banter with female journalists, has now caught the attention of officials of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle, who has earned millions of dollars in the IPL, Twenty20 cricket’s richest tournament, has drawn criticism for inappropriate sexist comments made to two female journalists in Australia and England respectively. He invited an Australian out on a date while being interviewed on television and subsequently told her not to blush after she appeared uncomfortable with his overture. He also reportedly asked a Times journalist if she had ever engaged in a threesome or been involved with black men. He also suggestively told her he had the “biggest bat in the world” and that she would have to use two hands to lift it.
Today IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India might also have a word with the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman about his public conduct. Gayle is slated to play in the final of the IPL this Sunday.
“The players must behave. We expect the players to adhere to a certain kind of behaviour when the tournament is on,” Shukla told The Times of India.
“The players should maintain the sanctity of the league. These kinds of statements are totally uncalled for in [the] public domain. I will take up this issue with the president and the secretary of the BCCI,” said Shukla.
The BCCI, however, may not take any action until an official complaint is lodged.
“At this point, we’ll not look into it. We’re focused on completing the IPL, which has reached its final stages,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.
“What has happened in this case is between two foreign individuals. It is a personal matter between people who aren’t from India. At the same time, that doesn’t mean we’ll ignore it. If a complaint is brought to us, we’ll act on it,” he added.