Chris Gayle flirts with reporter during interview

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) for “wrong direct” after he asked a TV journalist out on the town in a live meeting.

Gayle was addressing columnist Mel McLaughlin amid a Big Bash League match in Hobart on Monday.

“To see your eyes surprisingly is decent. Ideally we can have a beverage a short time later. Try not to become flushed infant,” he said.

Gayle has said he is sad, yet that the response was “out of extent”.

His group Melbourne Renegades beat the Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets in Monday’s T20 diversion.

Gayle, who had scored 41 in only 15 balls, was noting questions from Network Ten’s McLaughlin about his huge hitting style when he made the comment, which was broadly censured as sexist.

The previous West Indies Test skipper told columnists on Tuesday: “There wasn’t anything intended to be discourteous or hostile to Mel. In the event that she felt that way, I’m truly sad for that.

“It was a straightforward joke. The diversion was going on. Excitement, things escape extent yet these things happen.”

McLaughlin has said his date solicitation was “a tad bit frustrating in light of the fact that I’m not used to seeing that”.

“I would prefer truly not to be the subject of such discussions,” she advised her network.

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