Australian cricket great Ian Chappell has called on Cricket Australia to propose a worldwide contracting ban on Chris Gayle following his controversial sideline interview with Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin.
Chris Gayle apologises for comments
Cricket star Chris Gayle apologises for any offence he caused the Channel Ten reporter during their controversial mid-game interview.
Gayle was fined $10,000 by his BBL side Melbourne Renegades for his on-air mid-match comments to McLaughlin on Monday night.
The big-hitting West Indian batsman's hopes of returning next season could also be all but over, given Cricket Australia has the power to essentially veto any BBL player contract.
Some CA officials wanted Gayle to be suspended over the interview, during which he told McLaughlin she had beautiful eyes and asked her out for a drink before saying "don't blush, baby".
Ex-Australian skipper Chappell said CA needed to send a zero tolerance message on what he deemed "totally inappropriate" behaviour in a sport trying to gain traction with women.
"I wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, `he's never to be contracted again in this country'," Chappell said in Sydney, where he participated in an Optus SMB Cricket Legends event alongside Tom Moody.
"And I also wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, `what we're doing should be worldwide'.
"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'.
"How are you going to stop it otherwise?"
Gayle later apologised for any offence, saying it was a "simple joke".
But Chappell thought he was "past help probably now", and said the focus should be on sending a message to up-and-coming male cricketers.
"If it was a one-off thing, yeah, slap him with a $10,000 fine and say `mate, don't do it again'," he said.
"But every woman I spoke to [about Gayle] who's working at the cricket, you got the same answer from. They were quite adamant about it."
Gayle is expected to open for the Renegades on Saturday, when they host Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium.
Stand-in Melbourne Renegades skipper Cameron White says his troubled teammate is in a "good place" ahead of the clash.
"Speaking to him and looking at his body language, I think he's in a good place so hopefully what's happened this week won't affect his cricket too much," White said.
White, who has taken over the captaincy from Aaron Finch - who is absent on one-day international duty - said the team had spent the day on Thursday playing lawn bowls and Gayle had been in "good spirits"."
The former Australian representative couldn't see any reason why Gayle should be prevented from suiting up again.
"Yes, why not?" White said."The Renegades and Cricket Australia have had their say, the incident has happened and Chris has apologised so now it's matter of concentrating on the game tomorrow night and hopefully Chris can play a big part in winning that game."
White, who was the Stars captain until he was cut before this season, said the loss of Finch would be a blow for the his new side but the recruitment of Gayle would help cover him at the top of the order.
"Finchy's the best T20 player in the world and has made three scores above 50 in five hits so he's hard to replace.
"Having Chris there still keeps the opposition bowlers under a lot of pressure. He's been threatening to play a real big hand, so hopefully tomorrow night he does it."