Gayle can’ t be­have the way he does in Ja­maica: Law­son

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - G Kr­ish­nan

Mum­bai: Just when Mel­bourne Rene­gades were con­sid­er­ing re­sign­ing Chris Gayle for next sea­son’s Big Bash League came an­other sex­ist re­mark that put a full stop on his Aus­tralian T20 so­journ.

The fran­chise has de­cided not to have him again fol­low­ing his re­marks to a Bri­tish woman jour­nal­ist dur­ing an in­ter­view re­cently.

Ge­off Law­son, for­mer Aus­tralian pacer said that Gayle has to be­have him­self ac­cord­ing to the cul­ture of the coun­try that he is vis­it­ing and not al­ways be like how he is in his coun­try Ja­maica.

In the city to con­duct a short coach­ing camp at Payyade Sports Club in Kan­di­vali, the 58- year- old Law­son said: “You have got to be sen­si­tive to the cul­ture of the coun­try you are play­ing in. If I go to Pak­istan as a coach, I have got to be sen­si­tive to their cul­ture. If I come to In­dia, I have got to be sen­si­tive to the be­hav­iour and what peo­ple do. And, Chris is be­hav­ing ex­actly like he would in Ja­maica.

“You have to un­der­stand when you are in a dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stance, dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, what is the best way to be­have. That ap­plies to ev­ery­body, not just to Chris Gayle. That is a mat­ter of know­ing the cul­ture and learn­ing how to be­have. I don’t agree when he says ‘ that’s how we be­have in Ja­maica’. But you are not in Ja­maica. You have to think about it be­fore you open your mouth. It is the same for ev­ery­one, In­di­ans in Aus­tralia, Aus­tralians in In­dia or In­di­ans in Eng­land, it is the same thing. I don’t think what Chris has done is a ma­jor of­fence but it still shouldn’t have been done. It is not a big deal but a big enough deal.”

Gayle will be one of the key fac­tors if Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore are to win their maiden IPL ti­tle on Sun­day against Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad.

Law­son wants SRH to tri­umph. “Two of New South Wales play­ers, Moises Hen­riques and David Warner, are play­ing for Sun­ris­ers. I would like them to win be­cause I have got some in­ter­est there,” Law­son said. “But RCB, with Gayle, AB de Vil­liers, Kohli, Wat­son, are favourites. They are very strong in bat­ting. They have got to the fi­nal on the strength of their bat­ting. The fi­nale to the IPL sea­son looks to be an ab­so­lutely beauty.”

Law­son has had his taste of the IPL when he was a part of the com­men­tary team in 2008 and coach of the now- ter­mi­nated Kochi Tuskers in 2011.

Rutvick. mehta@ dnain­dia. net guru. kr­ish­nan@ dnain­dia. net rutvick. mehta@ dnain­dia. net — PTI

Ge­off Law­son at a coach­ing camp in Kan­di­vali, Mum­bai, on Satur­day RCB skip­per Vi­rat Kohli ad­dresses the me­dia on the eve of the IPL fi­nal in Ben­galuru on Satur­day

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