HOBART, Tasmania (CMC):The Big Bash League (BBL) has blasted comments by Chris Gayle made to a female reporter during a live television interview as “disrespectful and simply inappropriate” and says it will be meeting with the West Indies star over the matter.Following his explosive 41 for Melbourne Renegades yesterday at the Bellerive Oval here, Gayle openly flirted with Network TEN’s Mel McLaughlin during the interview, telling her: “I wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I’m here.”He added: “I get to see your eyes for the first time, it’s nice. Hopefully we can win and go for a drink after.”Don’t blush, baby.”However, BBL head Anthony Everard said Gayle’s behaviour had no place in the glitzy Twenty20 tournament.CONDEMNATION”I heard Chris’ comments and they’re disrespectful and simply inappropriate. We’ll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it,” Everard said.”This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. There’s just no place in the BBL – or, for that matter, cricket anywhere – for that sort of behaviour.”The Renegades franchise also condemned Gayle’s remarks, echoing similar sentiments to those of the BBL head.”I heard Chris’ comments and we agree with both Cricket Australia and Channel TEN that they’re disrespectful and simply inappropriate,” Renegades Chief Executive Stuart Coventry said.”We’ll certainly be talking to him in association with Cricket Australia about it. The Melbourne Renegades is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. There’s just no place for that sort of behaviour.”Channel 10 subsequently announced they would be dropping Gayle as an interview option.”We won’t be using (Gayle) in the game anymore,” Channel TEN’s head of sport David Barham said. “Unless things change in the next few days, it’s not happening.”Renegades captain Aaron Finch, with whom Gayle shared a sizzling 84-run first-wicket partnership off 36 balls to set up yesterday’s win over Hobart Hurricanes, said the Jamaican had apologised to McLaughlin.”Chris has apologised to Mel. As an organisation, we don’t condone it,” Finch said following the five-wicket win.”Between Chris and everyone else, they’ve addressed it … he’s apologised.”
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s will bid for a place in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup today, but will face perhaps their sternest test of the competition.The Caribbean side takes on an accomplished Bangladesh Under-19s who whitewashed them in a three-match warm-up series before the tournament and have played unbeaten since.After making a slow start to the tour, West Indies have consistently improved, and manager Dwain Gill is hoping this progress can be reflected against the Bangladeshis.”We lost the three-game series, but we came into that series without playing any youth ODIs over the last year and they are a very well prepared team,” Gill told CMC Sports ahead of the semi-final, which bowled off at 9 a.m. here (12 a.m. today, Jamaica time).”We saw against Bangladesh … we were getting better and better all the time. It is going to be difficult because Bangladesh are always going to be difficult to beat at home, especially at Mirpur.”Following the whitewash, West Indies lost their opening game of the tournament to England by 61 runs, but then routed Fiji by 262 runs, before edging Zimbabwe by two runs, to qualify for the quarter-finals.Bangladesh had no such hiccups, trouncing South Africa by 43 runs, hammering Scotland by 114 runs and easily getting past Namibia by eight wickets.West Indies head coach, Graeme West, said: “Their top six are all well-organised batters and their spin attack is very broad, but very skilful in the conditions here in Bangladesh,” West pointed out.”They also have two good seam bowlers … but they (team) are not an unknown quantity to us. We’re very familiar with them, we know what to look out for and hopefully … we can establish a method not just to be competitive but ultimately to be successful.”HALF-CENTURYCaptain Shimron Hetmyer, a first-class player, suffered a poor run of form during the tournament, but found his touch in the quarter-final win over Pakistan on Monday with an aggressive half-century.Openers Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach, all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul, along with Jyd Goolie, have all had important knocks, while pacer Alzarri Joseph has been outstanding with the new ball.”The semi-final knockout stage is a pressure situation. We have seen that the team that handles the pressure better will win on the day,” Gill stressed.”Nothing counts now – nothing about preparation and how much matches you’ve had. We are aware they will have the home advantage, but we are not daunted, we believe the boys have what it takes to really come to the party and beat Bangladesh in the semi-finals.”The winner will progress to Sunday’s final to face India who defeated Sri Lanka by 97 runs in Tuesday’s first semi-final.