Marauding West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has broken his silence on his raging controversy in Australia. In a series of hard hitting comments before leaving Australia, a visibly angry Gayle hit back at critics of his allegedly sexist behaviour. A behaviour that saw his Twenty20 team Melbourne Renegades fine the explosive opener US$7,000 two weeks ago after an attempt to flirt with a female presenter on live TV was condemned as “completely out of line” by Cricket Australia.
A furious Gayle told the Renegades’ website after his final game that he would like to return for next season’s Big Bash League, where he has been one of the top scorers.
“Definitely — always got a soft spot for Australia,” he said. “And the fans here have been very supportive. They have been really, really tremendous. “Hopefully I get a chance to entertain you guys again.” However, he also unleashed a rant against “haters” on Instagram amid questions over whether has played his last innings in Australia.
“I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve have there (sic) say in the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters,” the post said.
“But yet when u see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion.
“The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris – Y’all can kiss my ‘Black Rass’.”
The former cricketer was ex-England captain and television commentator Andrew Flintoff who tweeted, “Big fan of @henrygayle but he made himself look like a bit of a chop there.”
Former Australia opener Chris Rogers accused Gayle of setting a poor example for young players while all-rounder Shane Watson said asking a TV reporter out for a drink in a live interview was the sort of behaviour to be expected from Gayle.
Despite the furore , Gayle went out in a blaze of glory on the field , smashing a blistering 50 off just 12 balls to equal the fastest half-century in T20 history, although the Renegades failed to make the weekend’s finals.