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Chris Gayle with Television presenter Mel McLaghlin © Getty Images

The Caribbean Marauder Chris Gayle made headlines in the previous season of Big Bash League (BBL) for his ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ line on Television presenter Mel McLaughlin. Gayle, who played for Melbourne Renegades, was outrageously criticised by the Australian media as well former cricketers. He was fined $10,000 and was later condemned by CA chief executive James Sutherland, who termed it as workplace harassment. There were reports that Gayle won’t be allowed to further participate in this league. However, the franchisee has ruled out these reports and might re-sign the West Indian for the 2016-17 summer. More: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle treat fans with dance moves in Bengaluru

According to the report by cricket.com.au, Renegades head coach David Saker told ABC, “I just pick a squad of players. If the hierarchies or people in higher positions than myself come down on that, they do. We know it was the wrong thing to do and he probably identified that quite quickly. We all did. But I think what happened afterwards was a bit of a beat-up. There’s still a chance of recruiting Gayle.” More: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly and others’ dance videos on international dance day

Gayle was the highest run scorer for Renegades, as he plundered 260 runs in 8 matches at a staggering average of 32.5. To add to the fire, he equalled the record for the fastest ever T20 fifty as he bludgeoned the Adelaide Strikers for 50 in just 12 balls.

Nonetheless, Saker did not guarantee Gayle’s re-signing. “To be fair we probably need an overseas bowler though. We’re looking at whether to go down that track or to recruit a bowler from inside Australia. So we’re going through whether we need to re-sign Chris Gayle.”  More: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle dance to Shane Watson’s tunes during RCB’s IPL 2016 party

Gayle further stirred up the incident by naming his daughter ‘Blush’.