'This coming from a man who took Viagra during a Test match': Chris Gayle slams Freddie Flintoff, Chris Rogers and Ian Chappell for criticising his behaviour after THAT interview with Mel McLaughlin

  • Chris Gayle has opened up about Mel McLaughlin interview in new book
  • Takes aim at Andrew Flintoff, Chris Rogers and Ian Chappell 
  • Retaliates at those who criticised him over McLaughlin incident
  • He asked the sport reporter out for a drink after a Big Bash League game  

Cricketer Chris Gayle has lashed out at fellow sportsmen who criticised him for his comments to sports reporter Mel McLaughlin after a Big Bash League cricket match last year.

Among the West Indian's targets, revealed in an extract from his upcoming autobiography Six Machine, are Andrew Flintoff, Chris Rogers and Ian Chappell.

In the released material, he seems to imply hypocrisy on behalf of the trio, including Flintoff, whom he states: 'took Viagra during a Test match', according to the Sydney Morning Herald

Flintoff was among the other in criticising Gayle saying 'the reason why I'm here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It's nice so ... hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don't blush baby' to McLaughlin during a nationally-broadcast interview. 

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'I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that's the reason why I'm here... to see your eyes for the first time,' Gayle said, before adding: 'don't blush baby'

'I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that's the reason why I'm here... to see your eyes for the first time,' Gayle said, before adding: 'don't blush baby'

Gayle was widely criticised for the comments, including by fellow cricketers Andrew Flintoff, Chris Rogers and Ian Chappell, who he's hit back at in a new book

Gayle was widely criticised for the comments, including by fellow cricketers Andrew Flintoff, Chris Rogers and Ian Chappell, who he's hit back at in a new book

The interview during which Gayle made the comments to Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin was conducted after a Big Bash League match in 2015

The interview during which Gayle made the comments to Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin was conducted after a Big Bash League match in 2015

Afterward, he was fined $10,000 by his club, the Melbourne Renegades.

Gayle slammed Flintoff, saying: 'Freddie Flintstone, a young boy like you taking Viagra? Don't lecture me. The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four'. 

He also took umbrage with former Australian captain Ian Chappell for calling for a worldwide ban on him. 

'Ian Chappell, calling for me to be banned worldwide. Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You'd have to ban cricket itself.'

Gayle takes aim at fellow cricketers including Andrew Flintoff (pictured)  in his upcoming autobiography

Gayle takes aim at fellow cricketers including Andrew Flintoff (pictured)  in his upcoming autobiography

Gayle criticised Chris Rogers (pictured) - whom he's set to play with this northern summer for English side Somerset

Gayle criticised Chris Rogers (pictured) - whom he's set to play with this northern summer for English side Somerset

Gayle also took umbrage with former Australian captain Ian Chappell (pictured) for calling for a worldwide ban on him

Gayle also took umbrage with former Australian captain Ian Chappell (pictured) for calling for a worldwide ban on him

Gayle made the comments to Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin (pictured) during an interview last year

But he wasn't finished there.

Of Chris Rogers, his former teammate while they played for the Sydney Thunder, he said: 'Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?

'I'm not a snitch, but I've heard from your own mouth what you've done. Next time you want to open your mouth, maybe chew on a carrot instead.'

He's set to play with Rogers this northern summer for English side Somerset.

In the book, he reportedly attributes his behaviour in the now-infamous McLaughlin interview to the 'chilled and fun' nature of Twenty20, and its informal nature, which he was replicating.

'I didn't mean to be disrespectful and I didn't mean it to be taken serious.'

Gayle has also undertaken legal proceedings against Fairfax Media after it made allegations he indecently exposed himself during the 2015 cricket world cup.

Chris Gayle of the West Indies pictured with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy after the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and West Indies
Last year,  Gayle dismissed 'sleazy' comments made to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin as a 'simple joke' 

Last year,  Gayle dismissed 'sleazy' comments made to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin as a 'simple joke' 

He stormed off from an interview about the incident after being pressed by a female reporter why McLaughlin should be made to feel uncomfortable at workhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/80295951/childrens-tattoos-for-a-good-cause-250000-likes-for-nz-artists-plan

He stormed off from an interview about the incident after being pressed by a female reporter why McLaughlin should be made to feel uncomfortable at workhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/80295951/childrens-tattoos-for-a-good-cause-250000-likes-for-nz-artists-plan

 

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