West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) by his club for “inappropriate conduct” after he asked a TV reporter for a date in a live interview.

Gayle was speaking to journalist Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash League T20 match in Hobart on Monday.

“To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don’t blush baby,” he said.

Gayle has said he is sorry, but that the reaction was “out of proportion”.

Apparently making light of the episode, the cricketer later tweeted a photo of anempty bed, saying he was tired.

He then said his teammate Dwayne Bravo was buying him a meal because his “pockets were empty”.

He also retweeted a comment from broadcaster and cricket fan Piers Morgan, who said he was “outraged at the outrage” at Gayle being “a bit cheeky to a female TV reporter”.