Gayle not banned from Big Bash - Sutherland


Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says Chris Gayle will not be banned from playing in the 2016-17 Big Bash League.

It was claimed that the West Indies opening batsman may be prevented from returning to feature in Australia's Twenty20 tournament following controversial comments he made to reporter Mel McLaughlin.

Gayle was fined for making inappropriate remarks to McLaughlin in an interview during his spell with Melbourne Renegades in the last edition of the Big Bash.

But Sutherland said there would be nothing to stop franchises from signing the big-hitting Jamaican for next season.

Sutherland told News Ltd: "No matter what anyone at Cricket Australia thought at management level, board level, I think you're on a slippery slope if you start making judgements on players who could or shouldn't be playing in the Big Bash League or in our domestic competitions.

"Because, when does that ever end? My view is unless there's a very, very strong reason along the lines of anti-corruption, then it's difficult for us to be making those judgements.

"I'm not saying that it wouldn't happen but my judgement is that it's not appropriate. It's about the teams themselves to make the calls."