Aussie great wants world ban for Gayle
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Legendary former Australia Test captain Ian Chappell says he would support an international ban on West Indies batting star Chris Gayle for his controversial on-air flirtations with a female television reporter.
Gayle has already been fined $10,000 (US$7,000) for the incident which took place during a Big Bash game in Hobart last Monday, but Chappell believes the punishment should go even further.
"I wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, 'He's never to be contracted again in this country'," Chappell said.
"And I also wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, 'What we're doing should be worldwide'."
The 36-year-old Gayle found himself embroiled in a full-scale controversy after appearing to flirt with Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin after a stroke-filled innings of 41 for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive.
He told a visibly uncomfortable McLaughlin: "I just wanted to have an interview with you as well, that's why I batted so well.
"Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can win this game, and then we can have a drink after as well. Don't blush, baby."
Gayle has since apologised for the comments amidst widespread criticism.
Chappell said a strong message needed to be sent to Gayle that the behaviour was unacceptable.
Chappell, 72, played 75 Tests for Australia between 1964 and 1980.