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Gayle Sorry for Live TV Chat Up 'Joke'

Published: 05th January 2016 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th January 2016 11:02 AM   |  A+A-

By AFP

SYDNEY: West Indies star Chris Gayle apologised Tuesday after his "joke" flirt with a female television presenter was branded "disrespectful" and "inappropriate" by authorities who left a threat of sanctions dangling.

Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin found herself being asked out for a drink during an interview with the burly opener after he blasted 41 runs off 15 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL) late Monday.

On air, Gayle said he was happy to be interviewed by McLaughlin "just to see your eyes for the first time".

"Nice, so hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after," he said.

"Don't blush baby," the Jamaican added, prompting McLaughlin to shake her head and reply, "I'm not blushing."

"Sorry," he added, breaking into a big laugh.