7 Jan 2016

Gayle taking legal action over allegations

6:02 pm on 7 January 2016

The defamation lawyer Mark O'Brien says he will begin proceedings against Fairfax on the West Indian's behalf.

Gayle is expected to play in Saturday's Big Bash League Melbourne derby as the West Indies Cricket Board starts to investigate the claims.

Chris Gayle during the West Indies loss to South Africa, 2015.

West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Australian woman told Fairfax Media she entered the West Indian dressing room where Gayle was wrapped in a towel which she says he pulled down partially to expose his genitals while saying to her: "Are you looking for this?"

Gayle's management group, Insignia Sports International, released a statement on Wednesday denying the allegations.

"As Chris's management group, we have obviously been following recent events closely," the statement read.

"Chris denies the allegations published by Fairfax Media."

"It is important that anyone seeking to make false accusations against Chris be aware that Chris and his management will be considering all rights and legal options available.

"There will be no further comment from Chris or his management at this stage."

The allegations came after Gayle was fined more than $NZ10,000 for commetns he made to a Channel 10 female reporter live on air during the Renegades' clash with the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday night.

Sydney Sixers bowling coach Geoff Lawson said Gayle was not essential to the BBL.

"Chris is not a necessary fixture in the competition, that's for sure," Lawson told Sky Sports Radio.

"It's not just the Melbourne Renegades that are dragging a crowd."

Melbourne Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry's position is also under scrutiny after he described the timing of the woman's allegations as "opportunistic".

Coventry's employer, Cricket Victoria, indicated they would confront him about the comments.

"Cricket Victoria are committed to demonstrating that our sport respects girls and women and were working incredibly hard to ensure that is the case," said Cricket Victoria boss Tony Dodemaide.

"We certainly don't condone the reported comments attributed to Stuart this morning and we're looking into it further."