HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Chris Gayle of the Melbourne Renegades gives a TV interview to Mel Mclaughlin during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena on January 4, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland insists controversial West Indies opener Chris Gayle won’t be prevented from signing with a Big Bash franchise.

Gayle caused outrage in January following his infamous ‘Don’t blush baby’ boundary-line interview with Mel McLaughlin during his spell with the Melbourne Renegades.

But despite the bad publicity surrounding the incident, Sutherland appears to have back-tracked after Cricket Australia strongly intimated at the time that it would come over the top of any team that tried to sign Gayle for Big Bash 6.

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