The cricket community was surprised when Chris Hughes, an English TV personality, made an unconventional attempt at flirting with Australian female cricketer Maitlan Brown during England’s The Hundred tournament. This unexpected incident occurred during a sideline interview conducted by Hughes, who went beyond the usual boundaries while complimenting Brown.
The situation unfolded as Hughes, a former Love Island contestant, was conducting interviews during The Hundred’s opening game. While discussing the game, the interview took an unexpected turn when Hughes shifted the focus towards Brown’s team, the Southern Brave, and their bonding activities.
Brown, a 26-year-old cricketer, shared insights about their team’s camaraderie, revealing that they had even watched the movie “Barbie” together, underscoring the significance of such bonding in contributing to the team’s success.
English presenter Chris Hughes makes a flirtatious comment directed at Maitlan Brown
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"You're a bit of a Barbie yourself"
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“We watched Barbie the other night altogether and it was really good team bonding and the group is gelling really well together. That is the key to success I think in tournaments like this, how well and how quickly you can gel as a group”
In the meantime, Chris Hughes caught everyone off guard with an unforeseen response, stating, “You’re a little Barbie yourself, aren’t you, with your blue eyes.”
Hughes faced strong criticism for his comments, as online users launched a harsh offensive on social platforms. The occurrence drew the focus of a representative from the BBC, who proceeded to caution Chris Hughes about his statement. The spokesperson stated, “We have communicated with Chris and clarified that his remark was inappropriate.
Back in 2017, Chris Hughes made an appearance on the third installment of the reality show Love Island, which aired on ITV2. Since 2019, the 30-year-old has been hosting live broadcasts of horse racing for ITV. Starting this year, he has been presenting BBC Sport’s coverage of England’s The Hundred tournament.