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Chris Gayle has said he will sue Fairfax Media for defamation after it published allegations he exposed himself to a woman while in Sydney to train for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The 36-year-old West Indies player issued a statement on Thursday saying he had retained media lawyer Mark O’Brien and would “immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media”.

“Cricketer Chris Gayle has strongly denied allegations first published by Fairfax Media that he indecently exposed himself to a woman during last year’s World Cup in Sydney,” the statement said.“Despite such denial, Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world.”

The allegations, first published on Wednesday, were made by an Australian woman who was working around the players. She said she went into the team dressing room to get a sandwich after she thought the team had left and found Gayle, who allegedly partially exposed his genitals and asked “Are you looking for this?”

The allegation has reportedly damaged the chances that Gayle will return to play in the Big Bash League.

It followed the Melbourne Renegades decision to fine Gayle $10,000 for comments he made to female Sports Journalist Mel McLaughlin in a live pitch side interview during Monday’s Big Bash League game between Gayle’s Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes.

Gayle told McLaughlin she had beautiful eyes and asked her out for a drink. When McLaughlin, who appeared uncomfortable, returned to a question about the match, he said: “Don’t blush, baby.”

He later apologised for any offence caused to McLaughlin, saying it was a “simple joke”.
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