BBL head labels Gayle comments ‘Disrespectful and simply inappropriate’

first_imgHOBART, 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.”last_img read more

Election Day Tomorrow

first_imgUndecided BC Voters have one more day to make up their minds, on who they want to run the province, after tomorrow’s general election.According to Elections BC, over 216,000 of them voted in the first three days of advance voting last week, with the Saturday numbers still to come.They represent just over 7% of the more than 2,900,000 eligible voters in the province.- Advertisement -Locally, the three day turnout in Peace River North was 1,097 and in Peace River South it was 1,032. That represents a turn-out in both constituencies, of 6.6%, of the eligible voters.Tomorrow the polls open from 8am to 8pm and here in Fort St. John you can vote at the Seniors Hall and the Stonebridge Hotel both, on 100th street…the Pomeroy Hotel, at 113-08 Alaska Road North…or, until 4pm, at the District Electoral Office, at 100-16, 106th street.Also in this area there are polling stations at the Municipal Office and the Community Hall in Taylor…the Baldonnel Elementary School…the Buick Creek Community Club…the Cecil Lake Community Hall…the Charlie Lake Community Hall…the Montney Recreation Hall…Neighbour’s Inn in Prophet River…the Prespatou School…the Rose Prairie Curling Club…Sasquatch Crossing at Pink Mountain…the Toad River Community Hall…the Wonowon Post Office and the Pearkes Centre in Hudson’s Hope.Advertisementlast_img read more