This recent development in the world of cricket caught the notice of CRB Tech. Melbourne Renegade is all set to re-sign all rounder Chris Gayle for season’s Big Bash League (BBL). Gayle was embroiled in a controversy due to his sexist comments on TEN reporter Mel McLaughlin during an interview.
In words of David Saker, Melbourne Renegades coach, he is open to re-signing Chris Gayle for next season in spite of the West Indian’s controversial interview. Saker is of opinion that the reaction to Gayle’s “don’t blush, baby” interview with reporter Mel McLaughlin was out of proportion, rather it was “a bit of a beat up”.
Gayle has been Renegades leading scorer last season with 260 runs in eight games and averaged 32.5.He equaled the record for the fastest ever Twenty20 half-century as he kindled the Adelaide Strikers for 50 in just 12 balls in his last month.
Gayle played a key role in the West Indies charge to the World Twenty20 title in India last month, thumping 11 sixes in an unbeaten century in the Super 10 stage against England, whom the West Indies would later beat in the final to claim their second World T20 crown.
Gayle recently again took to social media to announce his naming his newborn daughter ‘Blush’ in a move that shocked many given its association with the sexism scandal.
Gayle’s “Don’t blush, baby” remarks to McLaughlin pitched the BBL, amidst of a watershed season, into scandal and a disgraceful punchline. Among all uncertainties of the 36 year old’s BBL future; the declaration of James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief executive that Gayle won’t be prevented from signing with a BBL franchise came as a relief to the player and his fans.
Saker is of the opinion that though Gayle’s behavior was inappropriate but that it would not be counted when he considered the Renegades’ playing list for the 2016-17 BBL season. Saker stated to Fairfax Media on Wednesday (May 4) that “That doesn’t enter my mind, I just pick a squad of players,” Saker told “If the hierarchies or people in higher positions than myself come down on that, they do. All I try to do is pick a squad to win.”CRB Tech WordPress
Renegades recruiting emphasis would be to target a bowler but Gayle still has a chance to be back . Saker included “To be fair we probably need an overseas bowler though,” Saker also stated that they are looking at whether to recruit a bowler from inside Australia or re-sign Gayle.
Saker has been England bowling coach from 2010-15 and is in belief that Australia should look at its own stock before venturing overseas to find a bowling coach. Currently he’s the coach of the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.
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