Dump him

Ian Chapell advocates global ban of Gayle

MELBOURNE – West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle continued to be the focus of attention in Australia today with former Australian captain Ian Chappell advocating his worldwide ban from domestic Twenty20 franchise tournaments.

Chappell suggested that banning Gayle, who has earned millions from Twenty20 tournaments in South Africa, India, England, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Australia and the Caribbean, would send a message of “zero tolerance” to other players. The left-hander’s public overtures to a female reporter during the week that sparked divided international opinion was described by Chappell as “totally inappropriate behaviour”.

Chappell, who is a highly respected cricket commentator and writer, described Gayle as a repeat offender and suggested he was beyond help at this stage and thus the punishment would be a deterrent for other possible offenders.

“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 today.

Ian Chappell (r) and Chris Gayle
Ian Chappell (r) and Chris Gayle

“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?”

Though Gayle has apologised for any offence and said his approach to reporter Mel McLaughlin was a “simple joke”, Chappell said the Twenty20 star was “past help probably now”.

“If it was a one-off thing, yeah, slap him with a $10,000 fine and say ‘mate, don’t do it again’. 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.”

Other Australian cricketers have weighed into Gayle with former Test player Shane Watson saying his behaviour was not surprising. He said he had known Gayle for a long time and he was renowned for such conduct. Watson suggested Gayle might need to accept his tendency for inappropriate behaviour and lack of “respect” towards a female journalist could mean he won’t ever be welcome back in the Big Bash League.

“In the end, people love the entertainment part of cricket, but there is also respect and that is also part of playing the game – on and off the field – in the right spirit.

“So, in the end, there is obviously people making the decisions either way but it’s not just what you bring on the field, it is what you bring off the field as well which is as important. The people who know Chris Gayle well know those are the sort of things that he can do at times – and at an inappropriate time – and obviously it gets him into a fair bit of trouble. I know Chris Gayle fairly well so that sort of thing is expected,” Watson said.

Another former Australian player, opener Chris Rogers, was scathing in his assessment of Gayle and described him as a “bad influence” on their younger teammates when they played together for the Sydney Thunder during the BBL’s inaugural season

“I was very wary of the role he was setting for the younger guys, and I spoke to them quite a bit about it. ‘Do you think this is good behaviour? Would you do this kind of thing?’” he said. “And all of them, all the young guys to give them credit were like ‘No, we don’t think this is right’.

“This is a pattern of behaviour. If you know the guy, you see it over and over.”

Watson did not flinch when asked if he was in the same boat as Rogers when it came to Gayle. “Yes,” he said. “I have played against Chris for a long time, since I started really, and that behaviour is fairly expected.”

Sydney Sixers’ batsman and former Test opener Ed Cowan said today that Gayle was the exception in cricket, describing the incident out of the “norm” for Australian cricketers.

“I’m sure most people would agree that he’s an outlier when it comes to how he goes about his business on the field and off the field,” said Cowan.

“The guys I play with are incredibly respectful to everyone that they work with professionally and I think that’s the general standard. It was a disappointing incident but I think it’s not the norm for an Australian cricketer to behave like that.”

But some Australians have been supportive of Gayle who is expected to open for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday, when they host Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium.

Stand-in Melbourne Renegades skipper Cameron White said Gayle was 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 yesterday 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.”

20 Responses to Dump him

  1. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson January 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Why so he won’t be any more problems for the other teams

  2. Shelly-Ann Caddle
    Shelly-Ann Caddle January 9, 2016 at 12:19 am

    cheupse these people sick seriously

  3. Violet Harris
    Violet Harris January 9, 2016 at 12:39 am

    All this for what..gimme a break.He apologized . . .and she accepted..move on.. always trying to take money out of the man’s pocket

  4. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole January 9, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Getting rid of the opponent at any opportunity that presents itself. was not such a good batsman this would not be the talk of the town.

    • Donild Trimp January 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I do not pay too much credence to anything Ian Chappel says.

      This is the same guy who thought the microphone was turned off years ago when he said he is going to do everything in his power to ensure the West Indies cricket team will never be number one in the world again.

  5. Julia Holder
    Julia Holder January 9, 2016 at 12:52 am

    It’s a pity people wait until the spotlight is on to then want to highlight past stuff. Say some of the other things he did. Don’t just say he is known for stuff like that. What stuff? Harmless, tactless flirting? Thank god he didn’t beg for some. If he wanna be a player in private; all at him

  6. Troy Collymore
    Troy Collymore January 9, 2016 at 12:53 am

    The man has apologize . But You know what . Most of those Aussies dont like black people so they would say any thing now

  7. Tracy Duff
    Tracy Duff January 9, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Nice to see so many women sticking up and defending his behaviour because of his colour. I guess I shouldn’t be hearing any Bajan women talking about how they deserve respect any time in the future.

    • Mya Griffith
      Mya Griffith January 9, 2016 at 2:11 am

      Bajan and not defending his actions because of his color. Yes it was inappropriate but i see no reason to ban him. He apologized and was fined, no reason to ruin the man’s whole career.

    • Penny-Ann Waithe
      Penny-Ann Waithe January 9, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Mya she’s with this Bajan women thing about respect and how she shouldn’t be hearing they deserve respect in time in the near future….I’m here to let her know it’s not only “BAJAN WOMEN” that thinks punishing a man twice for the same incident is morally wrong. ……So let me get this right so Mel the reporter who has accepted his apology doesn’t “DESERVE RESPECT ANY TIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE” as well??????

    • Penny-Ann Waithe
      Penny-Ann Waithe January 9, 2016 at 2:27 am

      And then got the gall to talk about color…..color has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH IT….fair is fair call an ace for an ace and not a spade

  8. john matthews January 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Bear rubbish

  9. john matthews January 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    We are west Indian people what might wrong in Australia may be okay in west indies I was in San Francisco working me and some guys from of the ship cuss a police in bajan and the man just smile you cannot do that in b dos

  10. Ansley Gooding January 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

    This is blatant racism under the guise of decency. Had this player been a white person, this would never to rise to the issue that it has now become. This player crossed an invisible line in society that says they don’t mind you entertaining them but don’t dare look at or speak to their women inappropriately and they determine what is appropriate Hence the guise. This reminds minds me of a little kid on a play ground being bullied. Individually the other kids won’t attack this kid but collectively they would crucify him. This is no different for this player.

  11. Jamal Martin January 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

    False “piety” from Mr Chappell. The issue was delt with. In the same vein, how about banning Australia from World Cricket till they pay reparations for the damaged history of the Aboriginal populaton. LETS GET REAL MAN.

  12. Ernest January 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    It seems as though this sort of behavior is expected of the cricketer. He should be made to sign up for therapy, he based on the comments so far needs help.

  13. Adrian Allison January 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    The one West Indian cricketer that is still feared, no wonder Greg Chappel and his cohorts want to put the final nail in West Indies cricket coffin.
    Greg is a cricketing great who no doubt recognizes Gale’s devastating power and knows that every West Indian cricketing advantage has been taken away by the new rules that have put the Caribbean players at a disadvantage…….
    Banning Gale would just be such another measure……….
    Or is it just simple jealousy that during their playing days they didn’t get to acquire the wealth that modern cricketers are accumulating.

  14. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Not suprise by IAN’s comments about “dumping Gayle” . He is the most RACIST voice in International cricket. If he had his way , Gayle will be swinging from a rope on a tree 2 minutes after the 2 “white women” finish making they statement.

  15. Donavon Clarke January 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Christ Gayle is not Sexist. He does not disapprove of MEL’s being a female reporter in Cricket. He liked MEL and did not intend to offend her.

    Don’t allow Australian RACISTS to define our sportsman.

    The definition below is from Wikipedia:


    Sexism or gender discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender. Sexism can affect any gender, but it is particularly documented as affecting women and girls.[1] It has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles,[2][3] and may include the belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically superior to another.[4] Extreme sexism may foster sexual harassment, rape, and other forms of sexual violence.

  16. Bajanoi January 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Ian Chapel is just another moron amongst morons from down under


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