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Somerset decide against Gayle legal action

George Dobell

May 4, 2012

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Somerset will not be taking legal action against Chris Gayle for breach of contract. Gayle had signed to play for Somerset in this season's FLt20 competition but, after resolving his differences with the West Indies team management, has made himself available for the limited-overs section of their tour of England.

"We have taken legal advice and we have decided that it is not in the best interests of Somerset or cricket to take legal action," Somerset's chief executive, Guy Lavender, told ESPNcricinfo.

"We wish Chris well and hope to see him back playing for the West Indies this summer."

While Somerset felt they did have strong grounds for action, they also felt the cost of proceedings - both financially and to the reputation of cricket - would outweigh any benefits. They have also acknowledged Gayle's honesty and communication throughout.

Somerset have already agreed a deal to bring in South Africa allrounder Faf du Plessis as a replacement for Gayle.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

@Rally windies: This is all water under the bridge. The guy is back, for whatever it worth. But digest this. If he had retracted his statement, he would have played for the WI like Shiv, we would have probably beaten or drew with the Aussies, and move up the ranking. Then the next time the ECB would have some respect for us,& not fit us in May when the weather is so wretched. How about that? Just another angle.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

@Rally_Windies on (May 07 2012, 18:51 PM GMT) I hear your comments but I still say that he should not have signed a contract with SS unless he was 100% sure that the WI 2012 tour was dead in the water. As it is I still have my reservations but what's done is done - we move on

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 7, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

JG2704

some food for though for you...

Chris Gayle had no contract for the IPL 2011 ...... he CHOOSE not to play in the 2011 IPL ...

then he spent about a month at home watching WI play cricket on TV and the IPl going on without him ... (and that was two months before he said anything in any interview, and it was Chadnerpaul who was in the media chastising the coach and Selectors) ...

Gayle got a late 2011 IPL contract because of another player's injury ... the WICB chastised him for going to the IPL (expecting him, Chadnerpaul and Sarawan to retire from WI cricket and ALL other cricket, after they were dropped) ...

Only after returning from the IPL and being out of the WI team for 2 months did he make and disparaging remarks against the Coach and CEO .. by that time Chanderpaul had made an official apology and was selected to play in TEST ONLY ...

Food for thought ...

Posted by   on (May 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Faf good replacement for somerset

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

As a West Indian myself, I can say that we are a headstrong people (especially Jamaicans, like myself), so I think that this quarrel has never really been about contracts or commitments, or even money. It has been about egos. But when you have player as talented as Gayle in a talent pool of batmen that is not exactly overflowing, then you need to work out the differences and get on with it. Chris is sorely needed now.And so are some other very talented players who have chosen to make second tier (but more lucrative) forms of cricket their priority.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 5, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

@maddy20 on (May 05 2012, 16:34 PM GMT) Like I said , I don't blame Gayle for wanting to make some dough before he retires. But I just don't like the way he signed the contract while there was still a possibility of mending bridges with WICB. To be fair Gayle might even have had a gentleman's agreement with Somerset that if things were resolved between him and WI he would be free to play for WI. If that's the case then fair play all round but please forgive me for not totally trusting Gayle's motives. Now he has rectified things with WI we'll see if a situation arises where the IPL clashes with a WI tour again.Re your post to Bob - it's a shame but even the best cricketers in Eng probably get paid significantly less than their Ind counterparts. Football is the sport in the UK if you want to earn well. Even then top players from the late 80s/early 90s weren't financially secure from the game

Posted by GlenOs on (May 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno on (May 05 2012, 07:11 AM GMT).....Let us accept all that has transpired as water under the bridge.. ...No need for the negatives....as much as we may be in Chris's corner, we must acknowledge that Somerset would have had legal grounds to take action so they should be lauded for the decision they have made for the sake of the game we all love. At the end of the day we must ensure that cricket is the winner.

Posted by maddy20 on (May 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

@JG2704 I don't think he would have ditched WICB for Somerset even if the rewards were equal. You gotta remember that Gayle arrived late for the first few editions of IPL due to his WI duties. The only reason the Gayle standoff began was because the WICB doesn't treat players so well. Same goes for players like Sarwan. Regardless of that you sure cannot blame him for making some dough before he retires!

Posted by maddy20 on (May 5, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@bobmartin I said if they want to ensure future Gayle Sagas in future. A lot of boards(like SA,SL, Bangladesh and to some extent Aus, WI have done it) You see cricketers in WI, NZ do not get paid as much as they do in Ind, Aus, Eng etc., I have read an article on cricinfo regarding an ex- NZ player driving a cab! Sportsman who have served their country deserve better. I don't bother about what boards like ECB do.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

thanks somerset for having cricket first..well done!...it's now my dream that the WICB will some day be just as supportive to the game ...cricket...and it's players.

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