Gayle scraps Somerset contract to play for Windies

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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 15:39 [IST]
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Gayle free to play for Windies again

Bridgetown, May 3: The destructive opener, Chris Gayle has scrapped his contract with English county Somerset to play for West Indies in all formats of the game bringing an end to the year-long dispute between the cricketer and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Gayle, has not been a part of the West Indies squad after the World Cup in 2011 as his comments on the board during a radio interview did not go well with the officials, and a series of arguments lasted a year, as it started in April last year.

The Jamaican, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League as a replacement for injured pacer Dirk Nannes. Chris Gayle's inclusion changed the fortunes for RCB as they finished second in IPL 4.

Gayle, got an opportunity to play the game, moreover he was respected and adored by people here in India, after he became the top run-scorer in IPL 4, which also prompted him to prefer IPL than playing for West Indies.

After a year's dispute, Gayle has decided to scrap his Somerset contract and join the Windies squad for the tour of England.

'I have written to Somerset CC and advised them that I will not be honouring the commitment I made to them when I signed a contract with them for the 2012 Friends Provident Championship,' Gayle said in a statement.

'I have now satisfied all of the requests of the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) and their selection panel... and to whom I reiterated previous assurances given to the board regarding my availability.'

'So that there is no doubt, I confirmed to the selectors that I was available for West Indies duty in all forms of cricket, immediately following the conclusion of my contractual obligations to my IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.'

The 32 year old has been the backbone of Royal Challengers Bangalore, as the team's batting wholly depends on the Jamaican.


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