New Delhi: Its seems Chris Gayle's party in Australia is over, with reports claiming that the flamboyant West Indies batsman's participation in the Big Bash League (BBL) is coming to an abrupt ending following his controversial TV interview with Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin.
Reports in Australian media claimed that Gayle looks set to banned from playing in any future BBL tournaments.
A report in Herald Sun said that the 36-year-old's cards have been marked ‘never to return’ to the BBL.
Cricket Australia signs off on the contracts of all international stars and it’s understood they would block any club that attempted to bring the disgraced West Indian back next, added the report.
Gayle created global headlines when he acted inappropriately while speaking to McLaughlin during the Melbourne Renegades’ win over the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday. He later made an apology to McLaughlin and escaped with a fine of $10,000 by the Renegades.
Even as McLaughlin controversy fails to subside, another shocking revelation surfaced with a report in Fairfax Media claiming that Gayle indecently exposed himself to an Australian woman during the World Cup Down Under, a report which Gayle denied.
Meanwhile, respected journalist Robert Craddock told Fox Sports that it could be the end of the road for Gayle in the BBL.
"There’s a feeling that he will be banned. He will not return next year. Cricket Australia will not sanction it and they will take a very strong stance on it, for two reasons: One, because they don’t like his behaviour. And two, because there’s also a feeling that the competition is outgrowing some of its international stars. That it can stand on its own two feet,” Craddock said.
“Some may consider that extreme punishment for one singular offence. But the story is growing, even today there was a story on the front page alleging that Chris Gayle exposed himself to a woman during last year’s World Cup. Not good enough. Terrible behaviour,” he added.
Craddock further reasoned, “Let’s not underestimate the market we’re pitching to here,” Craddock said. “It’s the same market as the Wiggles. Kids between 5-7-9 years old. A lot of those kids would have woken up this morning saying: ‘Dad, what’s this mean about Chris Gayle exposing himself to a woman?’
Gayle is one of the many Caribbean global superstar mercenaries plying their trade in various cash-rich Twenty20 leagues around the world.