5 Instances when cricketers made controversial comments on-air
Sometimes in the heat of the moment, cricketers find themselves in a situation where they just step over the line and end up being penalized for the same.
Updated - Mar 18, 2020 5:55 pm
Over the past decades, Cricket as a sport has gained a tremendous following and the stars of the sport are looked up by millions of people worldwide. Their on-field and off-field acts are followed closely by the fans and the media and this places a tremendous responsibility on their shoulders to act as ambassadors of the game.
The technological advancement has ensured that every move and every word of theirs on the field and in public forums is broadcasted worldwide immediately. Thus the players need to be very aware of the words they speak and their conduct. Being role models to many enthusiasts of the game, they are accountable for their actions.
The past decade or two has witnessed everything, right from ball-tampering to match-fixing, many on-field banters that crossed the boundaries, near fights and aggressive acts that took the rivalry a bit too far. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, cricketers find themselves in a situation where they just step over the line and end up being penalized for the same.
Here are five instances when cricketers made unsavoury remarks on-air:
1. Chris Gayle
We have seen Gayle storm create havoc across cricket pitches across the world with his bat… but there was this time when his banter Down Under whipped a storm that he lived to regret. The top-flight batsman has enough and more in his kitty to be amongst the newsmakers with regards to all the records he holds. Nevertheless, he did not have the greatest start to the year in 2016 as he landed himself in a controversy following an interview with Channel Ten journalist Mel McLaughlin.
A crackling 41 off 15 balls by the fiery southpaw put the Renegades on gear six while chasing a total of 140 against Hobart Hurricanes in the 6th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). Having just been dismissed, he was approached by journalist Mel McLaughlin to interview him about his phenomenal innings. However, things went the other way when Chris Gayle steered the conversation in another direction altogether.
“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. Hopefully, we can win this game and we can have a drink later. Don’t blush, baby,” he said.
This wasn’t the first time he created such a controversy. His detestable comment on-air went all over the news making headlines for all the wrong reasons. It attracted a welter of criticism on the virtual space too. The Universe Boss later apologized for the remarks made and was fined the USD $7,200 for his misconduct.