Rajiv Shukla has taken up the Chris Gayle issue to Royal Challengers Bangalore management © Getty Images
Rajiv Shukla has taken up the Chris Gayle issue to Royal Challengers Bangalore management © Getty Images

Chris Gayle’s controversial remarks to female journalists during an interview to British newspaper (The Times) seem to find no end. With this remark, he has already been shown the way out for the next season of BBL for Melbourne Renegades. This has also censored him from English county club Somerset for which he was slated to play soon. Looks like his antics might land him in trouble in IPL 2016 as well. Rajiv Shukla, the IPL chairman, has decided to take the whole issue into his hand, as the tournament is still on. He also mentioned the matter will be discussed with Royal Challengers (RCB) management. Shukla is waiting for IPL to get done and then take an action accordingly if the matter gets worse. ALSO READ: Melbourne Renegades to not sign Chris Gayle after sexism row

Shukla spoke to the Times of India, “The players must behave themselves. We expect the players to adhere to a certain kind of behaviour when the tournament is on. The players should maintain the sanctity of the league. These kind of statements are totally uncalled for in public domain. I will take up this issue with the president and the secretary of the BCCI.” At the moment, BCCI are distancing from this matter and will come into action if it gets worse. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle terms ‘Don’t blush baby’ episode as ‘fun’

BCCI’s secretary Ajay Shirke said, “At this point, we’ll not look into it. We’re focused on completing the IPL, which has reached its final stages. What has happened in this case is between two foreign individuals. It is a personal matter between people who aren’t from India. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that we’ll ignore it. If a complaint is brought to us, we’ll act on it. If it develops into something more, we’ll look into it at an appropriate stage.”

Gayle had told the journalists, “I have a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld. You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.” The 36-year-old defended himself and said he was trying to have a bit of fun.

Gayle faced a similar situation earlier this year for his ‘Don’t blush baby interview’ with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin during last season’s BBL.