West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has ended speculation regarding possible participation in next season’s Big Bash League by confirming that he would not be available for the tournament.
Controversy had enveloped the star during a previous edition of the tournament, after an interview with television reporter Melissa McLaughlin had prompted accusations of sexism.
Some had called for the big left hander to be banned from the tournament, but Melbourne Renegade’s coach David Saker believed the reactions to have gone overboard and has insisted that the player would not be disqualified this season.
Despite that, Gayle was not among the list of invitees to the season, with the Melbourne Renegades opting for Sunil Narine in his place.
The big-hitting left hander has since revealed, that he will not take part in the tournament.
“Out of the Big Bash League this year, [I] will spend time with family,” Gayle told reporters during the Bangladesh Premier League clash between the Rangpur Riders and Chittagong Vikings.
During that game, Gayle slammed 40 frm 28 deliveries to help the Vikings to a nine-wicket win with the Rangpur Riders setting a paltry 125.
The batsman welcomed his first child in April of this year. Gayle interestingly nicknamed the infant, a daughter, ‘Blush’, a comical reference to the controversial statement ‘Don’t blush baby, made to McLaughlin during the now infamous interview