Chris Gayle criticised after asking presenter Mel McLaughlin for a drink on live TV and saying ‘Don’t blush, baby’

The cricketer's comments have sparked a mixed response

Simon Rice
Monday 04 January 2016 13:27 GMT
Chris Gayle flirts with interviewer live on air

Cricket player Chris Gayle has drawn criticism after asking a female reporter for a drink before telling her "don't blush baby" during a live interview, although some have defended the West Indian's advances.

Gayle had just been dismissed whilst playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash League when he was interviewed by Channel Ten presenter Mel McLaughlin.

Whilst being questioned about his 41 run innings, Gayle asked McLaughlin out for a drink. The 36-year-old batsman then awkwardly laughed off the comment and told McLaughlin "don't blush baby".

McLaughlin replied by telling Gayle "I'm not blushing" before moving the interview back onto cricketing matters.

Gayle's comments were quickly criticised by many on Twitter, with former England captain Andrew Flintoff among them.

Although some said Gayle's offer of a drink was nothing more than banter.

Gayle, arguably the greatest West Indian player of his generation, is known for his party loving lifestyle. It was revealed last year that he had installed a strip club in his home. He posted a picture of the room in his house along with the message: "From the pool to the strip club...if u don't have a strip club at home, U ain't a cricket 'Player' .. I always make sure my guest well entertained and feel like they are at home #LifeIsForLiving#DreamBig"

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