Chris Gayle, the big-hitting batsman who sparked a sexism scandal after flirting with a female broadcaster on live television, fanned the flames again on Saturday, in an interview that discussed sex, women and equality. Gayle, one of the biggest stars in world cricket, boasted about his “very, very big bat” and asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes from British newspaper The Times if she had ever had a threesome.

 

 

The interview is likely to provoke a reaction from cricketing circles and beyond. The 36-year-old Jamaican said women enjoyed “more than equality” and insisted his countrymen took a relaxed view about sex. The West Indies batsman said women threw themselves at him in their thousands, explaining he was “damn good-looking”. The self-confessed joker boasted about having “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld”, adding, “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.” Edwardes wrote: “He asks how many black men I’ve ‘had’, goading me when I deflect the question, and whether I’ve ever had a ‘t’eesome’ -- ‘I bet you have. Tell me’.”

 

 

On the subject of women, Gayle said women should have and did have equality. “They have more than equality. Women can do what they want. Jamaican women are very vocal. They will let you know what time is it, for sure,” he said.He added: “Women should please their man,” explaining: “When he comes home, food is on the table. Serious,” although if she also works, “they share” and it is down to the “first person home”. Gayle has a baby daughter with Natasha Berridge, his girlfriend of 10 years. He said he would change a nappy, but on cooking, “no”, and cleaning: “That is not going to happen.”