Chris Gayle has hit out at former Australian Test opener Chris Rogers over comments made during the infamous “don’t blush baby” scandal.
In his new autobiography Six Machine, Gayle accused Rogers of hypocrisy after the Australian said the West Indies star was a bad influence on younger team-mates during their shared time at the Sydney Thunder.
Gayle was also critical of comments made by Ian Chappell and former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
“Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?,” extracts of the autobiography published in The Times said.
“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.”
Rogers, a commentator with Grandstand during the ABC’s Test coverage, was speaking amid the furore over Gayle’s infamous interview with Mel McLaughlin.
“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time,” Gayle told McLaughlin.
“Hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink later. Don’t blush, baby.”
Rogers said in January he was disappointed with his former team-mate’s attitude and behaviour during their time at the Thunder, adding he had “never been a fan since”.
“I would go out with him socially or in a group, as you do in a team, and I’d probably distance myself from him,” he told Grandstand.
“I was very wary of the role he was setting for the younger guys, and I spoke to them quite a bit about it – ‘do you think this is good behaviour, would you do this kind of thing?’
“And all of them, all the young guys to give them credit were like ‘No, we don’t think this is right’.
“This is a pattern of behaviour. If you know the guy, you see it over and over.
“And it’s not just him, there’s a lot of this stuff in the sporting industry, and to defend it I think is not right at all. Like I said, I listen to that and I don’t see it as funny at all. He says it’s just a joke – it’s not just a joke, is it?”
You would have to ‘ban cricket itself’ if you banned me: Gayle
Flintoff tweeted after the McLaughlin interview that Gayle had “made himself look a bit of a chop there” – prompting a reaction from Gayle in his new book.
“This coming from a man who admitted he took Viagra during a Test match,” Gayle wrote.
“The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four.”
Gayle was forced to apologise the following morning for asking McLaughlin out for a drink on live TV, but he maintains the whole affair was nothing more than a joke.
“I meant it as a little fun,” he wrote.
“I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and I didn’t mean it to be taken serious.
“Suddenly I’m the number one thing trending on Twitter worldwide. Kim Kardashian is nowhere.”
Chappell also came under fire after he requested the ICC to remove Gayle from the sport.
Gayle said “you would have to ban cricket itself” if the ICC followed through on that request.
“Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official,” Gayle wrote.
“Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself.”