MELBOURNE: Big-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle has come out swinging in a long social media rant following the end of a controversial stint in the Big Bash League.
Gayle’s season with the Melbourne Renegades was embroiled in controversy surrounding his sideline interview with television reporter Mel McLaughlin.
The 36-year-old was fined $10,000 by the Renegades for his interview with McLaughlin, which he described as a “simple joke” but Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland deemed “completely out of line”.
During a 4 January match, Gayle asked McLaughlin if she wanted to go out for a drink before adding “don’t blush baby”.
On Tuesday, the powerful Jamaican fired a parting shot in an Instagram post aimed at “the haters” and those who failed to publicly defend him.
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(My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in the picture)Thank you Renegades and the entire Australia for the love & support!! Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus but my memory with the fans will live on forever!! I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them 😉. 'Give the ppl what they want '. Thank You Kunal 'Gold Bat' Sharma, you're an absolutely legend!! Piers Morgan, Thank you for your support champion! Thank you to the entire Crown and Olsen staff for the hospitality 🙌🏾🙌🏾🍾🎉 I had a blast, Thanks Ross!👍🏿 The real ppl who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You! To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more 🙌🏾. I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could've have there say In the public when my so call issue was going on, but y'all don't have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters – but yet when u see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion 😏 smh…don't tell me, tell the media and public! The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris – Y'all can kiss my 'Black Rass' I love Australia and I will be back again even for the 🍺🍺🍺 oi oi 😄🙏🏿. Don't forget to check out the song #WeHeroes 💃🏻😄. #UniverseBoss
Former England Test player and BBL commentator Andrew Flintoff said Gayle had made himself “look like a bit of a chop” in a tweet following the interview with McLaughlin.
Former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers said Gayle had set a bad example for the Sydney Thunder’s young players when the pair both played with the franchise, while allrounder Shane Watson said he expected the behaviour.
The West Indian ended his stint with the Renegades on Monday night when he equalled the world record for the fastest Twenty20 half-century, reaching the milestone from just 12 balls against the Adelaide Strikers.
In a video and audio media release issued by the Renegades on Tuesday, Gayle said he wanted to return to play again in the BBL.
“Definitely – I have always got a soft spot for Australia. And the fans here have been very supportive. They have been really, really tremendous,” he said.
PSL 2019: Qalandars, the first side to reach 200!
SHARJAH: With the help of Umar Siddiq’s 53 off 38 balls and James Vince’s 84 off 41 balls, Qalandars became the first team to score double centuries in the ongoing PSL here today.
In the tenth PSL clash, Qalandars representing the Walled City took a solid stand against the Multan Sultans beating them by six wickets. Earlier, Qalandars won the toss and elected to field. Sultans set a victory target of 201 runs. S Lamichhane took three wickets. For Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers scored 52 runs and D Wiese 45.
Teams: Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, AB de Villiers, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Agha, Brendan Taylor, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Multan Sultans: James Vince, Laurie Evans, Umar Siddiq, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Irfan Khan, Mohammad Irfan
Umar Amin inspires from Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi
ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin Friday says that he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
Talking to a private news channel, he said, “I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” adding, he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly. “I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targeting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added. The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.
Cricket: S. Africa v S. Lanka scoreboard
Port Elizabeth: Scores at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park today.
South Africa, first innings, 222
Sri Lanka, first innings
D. Karunaratne c De Kock b Rabada 17
L. Thirimanne c and b Olivier 29
O. Fernando b Olivier 0
K. Mendis c De Kock b Olivier 16
K. Rajitha b Rabada 1
K. Perera c De Kock b Rabada 20
D. de Silva c De Kock b Mulder 19
N. Dickwella c Elgar b Rabada 42
S. Lakmal lbw b Maharaj 7
V. Fernando not out 0
L. Embuldeniya absent injured
Extras (lb1, nb2) 3
Total (37.4 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-34 (O. Fernando), 3-59 (Mendis), 4-64 (Thirimanne), 5-66 (Rajitha), 6-97 (Perera), 7-128 (De Silva), 8-154 (Lakmal), 9-154 (Dickwella)
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-39-0, Rabada 12.4-3-38-4, Olivier 10-1-61-3 (2nb), Mulder 3-2-6-1, Maharaj 2-0-9-1
Match situation: South Africa lead by 68 runs on the first innings
Toss: South Africa