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Team email confirms West Indies management knew of misbehaviour towards woman

An email from West Indies team manager Richie Richardson has emerged confirming team management was aware of misbehaviour from players towards a woman working with the team during the World Cup last year.

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Although the email does not name the controversial Windies and Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle, it does confirm concerns were raised about the treatment of a female working around the team in Sydney.

Confirmation of the email comes a day after Gayle launched legal action against Fairfax Media for a report alleging the high-profile cricketer exposed himself to a woman during a World Cup training session in Sydney last year. Fairfax Media stands by the report.

West Indies power-hitter Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000.
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The email from Richardson to team members says: "In the past few days, **** **** has encountered a few uncomfortable situations with members of the team. Please, at all times, treat her in a professional and respectable way."

When informed of the email last night, Gayle's manager said he did not want to comment.

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Gayle was one of the Big Bash's most marketable players when the competition started in 2011 but has been dogged by controversy in each of his three seasons.

He sparked a sexism row on Monday night with his now infamous "don't blush baby" interview with Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin.

Richie Richardson sent an email to team members warning them to be professional and respectable with a female working ...
Richie Richardson sent an email to team members warning them to be professional and respectable with a female working for the team. Photo: Steven Siewert

Gayle was fined $10,000 by the Melbourne Renegades, a penalty accepted by Cricket Australia, however several cricket officials privately believe the penalty was too lenient and that he should have had his contract torn up. Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry – who described complaints against Gayle as opportunistic – also declined to comment on the new email.

An unnamed woman had come forward outlining an episode when she entered the Windies dressing room in Sydney last year looking for a sandwich, as she had not eaten all day.

She had thought the entire Windies squad was training on the field but instead found Gayle and another player. Gayle was wrapped in a towel, which she alleges he pulled down to partially expose his genitals to her while asking: "Are you looking for this?"

Former Test captain Ian Chappell said he would have no problems should CA direct all eight franchises never to sign Gayle again.

"And I also wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, 'What we're doing should be worldwide'," Chappell said.

"You'd have to talk to the individual countries then … but I wouldn't have a problem if it was tabled at an ICC meeting that Cricket Australia said, 'This is what we're doing and we would recommend that everybody else do the same'.''

Former Australian Test all-rounder Shane Watson was not surprised by Gayle's behaviour, saying he was known for it within cricket circles.

"It's going to be interesting to see how people perceive him now after his [TV] indiscretion," Watson said.

"People have always loved … watching him play because of the entertainment that he can certainly provide, but there is a line outside the game of cricket as well.

"But people who know Chris Gayle well know that, that is the type of person he can be at times so there are no real surprises from a lot of people."

The Renegades have named Gayle in their squad for Saturday night's Melbourne derby against the Stars at Etihad Stadium.

While Gayle has been widely criticised, there has also been considerable support for the player from some quarters – the hashtag #StandByGayle was trending on Twitter on Thursday – who believe he has been harshly treated and was a victim of political correctness.