New Delhi: Controversial West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has claimed that he was a victim of "double standards" after sparking a sexism row in Big Bash League last year.
The 36-year-old was under fire for asking Mel McLaughlin out on a date in a live interview during and using the words 'don't blush baby' on television.
Cricket Australia came down heavily and Melbourne Renegades, his BBL team, fined him 10,000 Australian dollars and decided not to renew his contract for next season.
But in an recent interview with the BBC World Service's Stumped programme, the swashbuckling opener slammed the way the whole episode was treated.
"I didn't feel like I was being treated right at that particular time," he said in the interview.
"The way of going about it... and the media making a big mockery out of it. To go into details, it was straight up just a lot of double standards," he added.
Gayle, probably one of the biggest stars of the game, continued to generate controversy after the BBL episode. In an interview last month with a female journalist in The Times magazine, the Jamaican boasted of his "very, very big bat". He also asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes if she had ever "had" a black man and been in a threesome.