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Chris Gayle says he intends to sue Fairfax Media

Chris Gayle has signalled his intention to sue Fairfax Media over allegations he exposed himself indecently.

Gayle was fined $10,000 by the Melbourne Renegades this week following his controversial interview with female television reporter Mel McLaughlin during the Renegades' Big Bash League match against the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday night. 

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Fairfax Media subsequently published allegations about a separate incident in the team dressing room at last year's World Cup.

The woman was working around the West Indies team in Sydney, and the incident is believed to have been raised with team management at the time by another member of staff.

Gayle's management on Thursday engaged defamation specialist Mark O'Brien.

"Chris Gayle has strongly denied the allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year's World Cup in Sydney," Gayle's management said in a statement.


"Despite such denials, Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world.

"As a result Chris Gayle has retained Mark O'Brien, a leading Australian media lawyer to immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media." 

Fairfax Media stands by the story.

Gayle is set to open the batting in Saturday night's derby against the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium despite appearing to aggravate a back injury while batting in Hobart. 

The Renegades, meantime, have refused to make any further comment about remarks made by chief executive Stuart Coventry, who on Wednesday described the fresh allegations as "opportunistic".

Gayle's manager did not respond to calls on Thursday night, while the International Cricket Council has distanced itself from the allegations despite the World Cup being an ICC tournament.

He is unlikely to be invited back to the BBL following the interview with McLaughlin, which some CA officials felt warranted a suspension rather than a fine.

Gayle told McLaughlin during a post-innings interview that she had beautiful eyes and asked her out for a drink.

When McLaughlin attempted to switch the topic back to the ongoing match, Gayle said "don't blush, baby".

He later apologised for any offence, saying it was a "simple joke".

Meanwhile, MCG staff confiscated signs carrying the slogan '#StandByGayle' during a BBL match between the Stars and Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday.