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County to talk to Gayle over sexism row

Press AssociationPress Association 22/05/2016

English county Somerset say they will be talking to star import Chris Gayle about his latest sexism row when he arrives. © AP Photo/Saurabh Das English county Somerset say they will be talking to star import Chris Gayle about his latest sexism row when he arrives. "Disappointed" Somerset will talk to Chris Gayle about his latest controversial remarks to a female journalist when he reports for duty with the English county.

The 36-year-old, who was criticised for his infamous "Don't blush baby" interview with television reporter Mel McLaughlin during Australia's Big Bash League was facing fresh allegations of sexism after a series of controversial comments to reporter Charlotte Edwardes in an article for The Times magazine in England.

According to the article, Gayle said he has "a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld." He said to Edwardes: "You think you could lift it? You'd need two hands."

The article adds that Gayle asked Edwardes how many black men she has "had", and also asked if she had ever had a "t'eesome".

"I bet you have. Tell me," he is quoted as saying.

Gayle, who is currently featuring for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, has signed a contract to play for Somerset in the Natwest T20 Blast this summer.

He will report for his six-game stint shortly and can expect the topic of the newspaper interview to crop up promptly.

Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender told Press Association: "We were disappointed to read the report in The Times.

"Our experience of Chris was very positive when he was with us last season, both on and off the pitch.

"It was disappointing to read the article.

"We haven't had the opportunity to discuss this with him yet, but will of course do so when he arrives to play for us in a few days' time."

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