West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has accused organisers of the Australia Big Bash League of ingratitude following what he deemed to be an overreaction to claims of sexism.
Gayle, who will not take part in the next edition of the tournament, was the subject of a barrage of criticism following an incident with an Australian reporter during the last edition.
The batsman was fined S10, 000 for the incident, which involved him asking out a reporter on live television. Gayle had claimed the incident was simply a misunderstood attempt at humour, but many had called for him to be banned from the competition, others, from competitions around the globe, and some even suggested from the sport.
“I didn’t feel like I was being treated right at the time. The way they were actually going about it, the media make a big mockery of it,” Gayle told BBC Radio while being interviewed by Alison Mitchell.
“To be honest it was a lot of double standard for someone who was a part of the Big Bash for so many years, who actually built the Big Bash from day one. The same name used to build the Big Bash was the same name they want to tarnish. Chris Gayle was the actual name that started the Big Bash from the first tournament,” he added.
“It blew up this big now and they want to stay ban Chris Gayle, we should get rid of Chris Gayle from all leagues around the world. Chris is sexist and it’s just ridiculous how can you brand me for running a joke like that.”
Gayle said he had not been daunted by what transpired in Australia.
“That story didn’t get me down one bit. It didn’t affect me, I must say. It was just ridiculous how they go about it – trying to use me as a big scapegoat,” he said.