Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has cautioned West Indies star Chris Gayle to be more culturally aware in terms of his behaviour.
Gayle has twice courted controversy with his actions in recent months, first after asking a television reporter out on a date on air during the Big Bash League (BBL) and last week after mentioning to a Times reporter, among other things, that he had a big bat that would require both her hands to lift.
During the interview Gayle had also claimed that the Big Bash incident had been overblown and that things were a bit more relaxed in his native country. Lawson, however, pointed out that even if that were the case the player should modify his behaviour accordingly.
“You have to understand when you are in a different circumstance, different environment, what is the best way to behave. That applies to everybody, not just to Chris Gayle. That is a matter of knowing the culture and learning how to behave,” Lawson said of the incidents.
“I don’t agree when he says ‘that’s how we behave in Jamaica’. But you are not in Jamaica. You have to think about it before you open your mouth. It is the same for everyone: Indians in Australia, Australians in India or Indians in England, it is the same thing. I don’t think what Chris has done is a major offence but it still shouldn’t have been done. It is not a big deal but a big enough deal.”