Chris Gayle asks TV reporter out in 'disrespectful' interview

Chris Gayle asked Mel McLaughlin out for a drink after the game. Credit: Channel 10

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle faces punishment from the Big Bash League after asking a TV presenter out live on air.

Gayle propositioned Channel 10's Mel McLaughlin during a pitchside interview, something which has been described as "disrespectful".

Having struck 41 from just 15 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the slash with Hobart Hurricanes, Gayle was interviewed during the innings, taking McLaughlin by surprise with his comments.

“"I just wanted to have an interview with you as well, that's why I batted so well," Gayle told McLaughlin during their chat.

“That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time.

“Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby.”

McLaughlin responded by saying she was not blushing, following the invitation.

The head of the Big Bash League (BBL), Anthony Everard, was heavily critical of the opener, he said: "I heard Chris' comments and their disrespectful and totally inappropriate.

"We'll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it.

"This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. There's just no place in the BBL, or for that matter cricket anywhere, for that sort of behaviour."