- Chris Gayle tells Mel McLaughlin: Don't blush baby
- 'Pass' at Mel McLaughlin a joke, says Chris Gayle
Former West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has once again used his now infamous "don't blush" catchphrase on a sideline reporter - this time before stepping onto the oval for an overnight Pakistan Super League clash.
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Referencing January's awkward Big Bash League interview with Network Ten journalist Mel McLaughlin, the controversial former Melbourne Renegades batsman signed off with retired Australian opener Tom Moody during a pitchside interview with the jibe: "Cheers Tom. Don't blush, Tom".
Gayle's Lahore Qalandars downed rivals Peshawar Zalmi by four runs, with the outspoken batsman falling for a golden duck in Sharjah.
The globetrotting star drew sharp criticism after making a pass at McLaughlin during a post-innings interview at the start of the year.
He was fined $10,000 by the Big Bash franchise - a sum which was ultimately donated to the Jane McGrath Foundation.
Gayle, 36, had just been dismissed for a quickfire 41 off 15 balls in the Renegades' comfortable win over the Hobart Hurricanes, but the live interview quickly steered away from cricket, with the opening batsman asking McLaughlin if she wanted to come out for a drink with him, before quickly adding "don't blush baby".
"I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that's the reason why I'm here," he began. "Just to see your eyes for the first time. It's nice."
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As McLaughlin began appearing visibly uncomfortable, Gayle continued: "So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don't blush, baby."
McLaughlin seemed bemused at the proposition, before tersely responding "I'm not blushing" as Gayle awkwardly laughed the comment off.
There were audible sniggers from the commentary booth as the interview was happening.
The presenter brushed the incident off and attempted to steer the conversation back to the match, and a potential hamstring injury for Gayle.
In the aftermath, Gayle said his 'pass' was a joke and that "there wasn't any harm done."
While he apologised for any offence he caused the Channel Ten reporter during their controversial mid-game interview, he said his comments had been "blown out of proportion".
"To be honest with you... a lot of things have actually flared up from a simple comment, a simple joke on air, and it seemed to [get] out of proportion," he said.
"There wasn't anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel, or offensive.
"If she felt that way, then I am really sorry for that. There wasn't any harm meant. It was a simple joke.
"In entertainment, things get out of proportion. But these things happen and there wasn't any harm done.
"I will leave it at that."