County news May 4, 2012

Somerset decide against Gayle legal action

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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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • on May 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Faf good replacement for somerset

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • on May 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Faf good replacement for somerset

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • swaran on May 5, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Good sense prevail. Hats off, Somerset

  • on May 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    The world has got the American fever. Thank goodness the English didn't follow suite! Otherwise we would have missed the great man playing, where he should be. Welcome back----Chris Gayle.

  • on May 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I submit that we do not now all the contractual details to make anything but a speculative assessment. From the report, it appears that both parties to the contract were in communication with each other. believe that Somerset did the right (and less expensive) thing for a number of reasons (a) The cricket team would have been indirectly dragged into the lengthy legal process (b) Even if Somerset had won the case, it would recover damages equivalent to the loss it actually suffered. (c) the legal fees - in any case - are costs which one has to bear up front and then hope the court awards to you. (d) The county has found an exciting replacement and did well by moving ahead. YES, the lawyers lost. Not that bad ....is it?

  • teja099 on May 5, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Great decision by somerset Hats off

  • JG2704 on May 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (May 05 2012, 07:11 AM GMT) Somerset were not treating Gayle like they owned him - in fact they have not made a fuss at all and acted very dignified throughout. However when a player signs a contract he should honour it unless there are total unforeseen circumstances and Gayle should not have signed a contract while there was still a chance of this happening. What would happen if a team signed a player and then said - well I actually prefer this player and so we're cancelling the contract or after he has been out of form for a few matches they say we're not honouring the rest of the contract. It comes under "respect" , "honour" and "integrity"

  • JG2704 on May 5, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @cric_freakNo2 These current performances are in IPL so for 1 they are not for WI where there is a different kind of pressure and 2ndly I don't think he's played a test for WI in the period you mention so no I guess we don't need to talk ZiggyMarley - Not sure what his average is in that period for tests and ODIs separately? I'm not talking T20s at all here - he probably is one of the best T20 batsmen in the world but on his last actual appearances in tests and ODIs for WI he scored 0 and 8 respectively.@ Chesty-la-roux - Fair points there , it is more due to the lack of quality WI have in batsmen (except Darren B and Shiv) more than the fact that CG is a legend in test cricket. Just that judging by some comms I thought we were talking about Lara or Viv making a comeback

  • IndiaNumeroUno on May 5, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Somerset realised that they don't really have any case! You can't treat people as if you own them.

  • navniv on May 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Hats off to Somerset for being very sportive to cricket, and thanks to WICB for respecting Gayle

  • on May 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    well done guys u are not like WICB...we wanted gayle in intl cricket

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 5, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @JG2704 Its not about PAST its about the PRESENT.u cant compare the form of ny present player with Gayle's. I remember he continued his glorious performance starting from IPL2011 untill now. while about Strauss.................. do we ned to talk LOL

  • on May 5, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Gentlemen's cricket! Hats off!

  • Chesty-la-roux on May 4, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    But JG it is all relative to the quality of the team. I think that everyone would agree that the addition of either Strauss or Gayle to the top of the West Indies order would vastly increase the overall quality of the team as a whole. The presence of either of those two players at the top of Englands order would not have such a marked effect due to the number of high quality other players there. If you give a thousand dollars to a millionaire it makes very little difference to him, but if you give a thousand dollars to a begger it may alter the course of his whole life. In the same way Gayle is worth far more to Windies than Strauss is Worth to England.

  • GravyMon on May 4, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Where there are men of sound thinking commonsense will always prevail. I hope our Board (WICB) has taken serious notice. There were many lessons here to be learned.

  • on May 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Hilaire's silence is deafening. I suppose he must be smiling & asking himself what manner of person would break a contract & in so doing expose himself to a possible law suit. He has to be a patriot! Come on Hilaire, show Gayle some respect. U should have been the first to welcome the prodigal son. Unless u have another trick in the bag.

  • cloudmess on May 4, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Chris Gayle conducts his life as he bats - opportunistically.

  • ZiggyMarley on May 4, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @JG2704. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Strauss has averaged below 30 since 2009. I can confirm that Chris Gayle has averaged 53 in the 3 year period 01/01/08-31/12/10. The career average is not always what counts. It is current form (or latest form, for Chris Gayle). Another fact about Gayle is that he averages 41.88 in T20s competitions. Again, I can't be 100% sure but I doubt there is anyone in the world with a superior record. I guess what this shows is his potential.

  • on May 4, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Honourable decision Somerset - much respect. You guys droning on about the IPL - please stick to the topic at hand.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 4, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @maddy20 Excellent point mate! In addition, IPL has been a new lifeline (employment opportunity) for talented but overlooked players like Bradd Hogg, Hodge, Cameron White, and pretty much retired ones like Brett Lee, Agarkar, etc. How can anyone begrudge someone else making a living? The other anti-IPL argument is the devaluation of Test cricket. How can that be the players fault or their burden? It is simply not their cross to bear. It's like telling the Tom Cruises and Shah Rukh Khans of the world that they should only act in artsy low budget movies to promote "art." The burden of test cricket cannot be on the players. The free market determines what form of cricket survives. Just as the free market determines what type of cars and other products survive in the market place. If Test cricket is so damn important let the audience(s) and sponsors show it with their money. Three cheers to IPL, Big Bash, BPL, Friends T20 ....!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Nice !!!! Hope to get some firepower in the top order of the promising WI team !!!

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    It's actually quite strange how we all have different benchmarks for bad , mediocre , good , great etc. Many people are saying about how much difference Gayle will make to WI in all forms - if he were to play tests again etc. Then we have other stories on Strauss , saying how bad his form is etc and he's not good enough to play test cricket. Both men average 41 with Gayle only very slightly ahead after the decimal point and yet one guy is the subject of many articles questioning whether he should be in the side and the other is seen as the potential saviour for their nation. Even in ODIs he averages slightly less than 40 and has a SR of 83. Good , but not mega great.

  • torsha on May 4, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Other countries don't need to take any notes. In any case anyone could have done the same and I'm sure if it was IPL, it could have done the same.

  • Muhtasim13 on May 4, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    well Somerset didn't sue Gayle because they want him to play for them in the next season. Had they sued Gayle, then he wouldn't ever return to play for Somerset in subsequent seasons. good tactical move :D

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @maddy20 on (May 04 2012, 19:31 PM GMT) For once I pretty much agree with all you say. IPL is a decent money spinner for relatively little work. With KP (who is the only Eng international playing) there isn't the clash of IPL at the same time as Eng are playing. If he did chose IPL over playing for Eng - should that ever happen - then,while I'd understand KP's decision, his stature as a person would go down in my eyes. The Aussie test players - to a man - put the tests before IPL and Clarke,Hilf,Watson and M Hussey have only just arrived there. Gayle could have done similar with WI but chose not to.It's his decision and as you intimate cricket is a short career and he feels he should make hay while he can. What I don't like is that he is suddenly getting all the praise for making himself available for his country again - making it seem like it's a patriotic decision. If he was getting paid by Somerset what he was getting paid by the IPL do you think he'd be playing for WI this summer?

  • bobmartin on May 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @maddy20... "cricket boards should create a window so that their players can make the most of it without forsaking their national duties." I see.. so all the worlds domestic and international ctricket competitions should be reorganized to give the IPL a window.. Are you living in the real world ?

  • Reagos on May 4, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Thumbs up to Somerset, true sporting ambasador. Other clubs and countries please take note!!!

  • maddy20 on May 4, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @Sulaimaan Do you know you have to obtain a No Objection certificate from the cricket board to take part in IPL? Meaning the ball is in WICB's court and its upto them whether they score it or miss!

  • maddy20 on May 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @getsetgopk and davidpk Ah the good ol' anti-IPL bandwagon! Let me ask you a straight question to you guys. You have a day job where in you work for 8 hours a day and make about 10K annually . Most importantly you are 3 years away from retirement. Then you get an offer from an overseas company where you will make $650,000 for working about 64 hours. Honestly tell me what would you choose? Gayle hardly has another 3-4 years of cricket left in him(if he is not injured that is). So it is only reasonable for him to attain some sort of financial security before he goes. And you are blaming him for that? The IPL is most lucrative of the T20 leagues and instead of fighting it, cricket boards should create a window so that their players can make the most of it without forsaking their national duties. It is very easy to preach morals like you should put your country first and what not, but its very difficult to follow what you preach when its your turn!

  • Rising_Edge1234 on May 4, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Thank you Somerset. Gayle should write a note of thanks.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 4, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @Indian_Fan09 Faf du Plessis is a very good choice. His average and strike rate have improved quite a bit in the IPL (compared to his career average). They stand at 38 and 136, respectively. And, it should be noted he is playing in Chennai where the pitch is low and slow. He is a clean hitter and is in good form. The other undervalued guys out there are O.Shaw, Steve Smith, and B.Hodge. Cameron White seems to be getting his form back, but he has been inconsistent for too long. Gayle is a big loss but Somerset is making the best of the options it has now.

  • on May 4, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Perhaps now W.I. will start to win some games by showing some backbone.I hope this set of young players don't expect Gayle to tote them on his shoulders,they will have to step up to the plate and account for themselves. The WICB should take a long hard look at the Jamaican captain,he is 100% better than the present W.I. captain.

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Yap, Good decision by the Somerset management. And I personally thank them that they are not like the others. That's the cricketing spirit we need everywhere, and Faf du Plessis will be the best replacement , coz he is in a blistering form in the IPL

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    In my last comments I also neglected to say that the problem CAN BE FIXED. In order to do so, three things need to happen: 1. Immunity from law suits for players who opt for national duty in Test and ODI cricket. 2. Much better event scheduling, to allow schedule windows for premier domestic events such as IPL, County, Big Bash, etc. This will also allow for the players to have a more reasonable schedule, so that we don't see so many injuries as a result of playing too much cricket. It would actually require national cricket associations to speak to one another and coordinate a worldwide annual schedule, with emphasis on premier international events like cricket World Cup. 3. Somehow, international cricket needs to be more lucrative to players. National pride is not going to continue to work to attract players. Even though Chris Gayle gave up his chance to play for Somerset for a "chance" to be chosen by WI, the next Gayle probably will not. That guy is likely to say forget it!

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    There should obviously be an ICC ruling to establish the pre-eminence of international cricket over all other forms of cricket, so that cricketers cannot be sued for fulfilling international duties. If international cricket is just another form of the game, along with county, IPL, Big Bash and God knows what else, then it isn't special at all. It becomes what the Davis Cup has become to tennis: largely irrelevant to the top players and most of the public. But if players of international cricket are to receive less pay, less recognition and less benefit than by playing other formats, then tests and ODI's will attract second string players more and more, just as Davis Cup does not always get the top players from each country to participate. And soon after that everyone stops watching international cricket. THIS IS THE DANGER!

  • bumsonseats on May 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    maybe the people thanking Somerset, for thinking of the bigger picture of the game. if gayle would perhaps have had the same feeling before the ipl and played for his country against the aussies. maybe then the plaudits some of you guys on here, gave him maybe not stick in my throat so much.

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Fair play to Somerset but to be honest it was probably more hassle than it was worth to chase this up. Maybe they and other counties will learn about dealing with people like Gayle. I'd have liked them to have gone for Hafeez myself but I'm not sure of his availability.Or Van Der Merwe who did well in the CLT20 but I believe he had visa issues although I don't know why

  • getsetgopk on May 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    totally agree with davidpk, Gayle im afraid would again choose IPL over WI in future such situations unless Gibson can put a tight lid on him, we'll have to wait and see, something tells me this thing is not over yet.

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @Dyan Sellayah on (May 04 2012, 15:45 PM GMT) It's not a case of who is playing second fiddle to who - It is a case of a man honouring his contract/word.

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @delboy on (May 04 2012, 14:58 PM GMT) I'd like to think that the vast majority of those fans who bought T20 tickets are Somerset fans and not Chris Gayle fans. Maybe Chris Gayle could personally refund them if so but I do get your points

  • Stark62 on May 4, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I'm glad to hear this news because if they had taken action, then it would have been a very shameful act and would have deterred intl. players from joining Somerset in the future.

  • on May 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    It would be interesting to know if Gayle has some who manages his financial affairs. A lot of what is happening to him would have been prevented. Eg. why sign a contract with Somerset, when u want to play for the WI, and u have an ongoing impasse with the Board? U should first resolve that issue & then move on. As it is presently, he can now plan his programme. However, this is all water under the bridge, time to move on. WI cricket need u.

  • Midonoff on May 4, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    @delboy, the statement reads somerset will not taking legal action against chris gale, that's the bottom line.

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Finally, an organisation with good sense; they have a signed contract and are willing to put it aside in the interest of cricket. Now, Gayle has to to 'man up' and give this organisation a bit of payback later this season or regardless of waht other counties may offer him. Somerset has stood by him and he must also stand by them.

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Well done Somarset..... Gayle plz take advantage.....and play well....

  • bumsonseats on May 4, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    perhaps the money Somerset were paying him was not enough. if his ipl contract had been the one to suffer his choice would have been his ipl team and not the WI . i can understand Somerset not taking legal proceedings but wish they had have done. the replacement Du plessis will do them a good job. with this guy he would never have played for SA,without his 2 or 3 years with Lancashire he came as a very green individual who i was surprised lancs continued with after his1st season to looking a world class cricketer in the shorter form. maybe even on England radar as his game improved so much. perhaps this time english money spent on his game came to the benefit of SA

  • Butee on May 4, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Thank you Somerset for keeping the game "A Gentlemans Game" . As a WI fan i welcome an end to the Gayle fiasco and wish him the best of luck.

  • on May 4, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    That was most gracious of Somerset. That's how mature & professional organizations handle issues. Cricket has won here.

  • Harlequin. on May 4, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    good to hear, it would have been ridiculous if they had sued - just to get a bit of money when they had been praising Gayle for his cooperation all along. Good on Somerset

  • on May 4, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    What is up with counties getting hot under the collar about the likes of Gayle relinquishing county duties to play Test Cricket. Same with Glamorgan and AN Petersen...its absurd these days that Test Cricket is playing second fiddle to IPL and county cricket....give me a break!!

  • British-Bangali on May 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Well done somerset you have done the right thing here. Now go and get TAMIM Iqbal

  • Peacock123 on May 4, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    As a West Indies cricket fan and a fan of cricket, Thank you Somerset for not being like the WICBC and take Gayle to court. Perhaps this will teach the WICBC a thing or two. Again thanks...

  • delboy on May 4, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Somerset already sold more tickets based on the premise that they had secured Gayles service. It would be interested to see if they went ahead and sued him for now choosing NATIONAL colours over personal wealth that him having made nothing out of this deal they would then be prepared to refund all those who wanted their money back. It makes more sense if there are a few out there who want a refund for Somerset to make those refunds and move forward. Legal advise was not need to to tell them this.

  • KDoc on May 4, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Thank You Somerset !! This is proof that this great sport is not all about money. I am sure this will go a long way with Gayle and he will remember one day to make Somerset proud.

  • Big_Bat on May 4, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    What!!!!! Isn't it an ICC policy that representation of country must come first?

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    way to summer set that's the spirit of the game we all love

  • Indian_Fan09 on May 4, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    No more Gayle and Tresco opening the innings :(

    Faf Du Plessis?? What does he really bring to the table?? He is having a good IPL but a SR of 123 and average of 25 offers not much as an overseas player using up that precious quota!!

  • cracker2012 on May 4, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Good news. Good for cricket. Now I just hope he [Gayle] can fit into the WI squad.

  • Swingit on May 4, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    There was only one course of action that Somerset could have followed despite having other "options", so they followed that path. As I said before Gayle played this as a champ. He comes up smelling roses and Somerset and the WICB have no choice but to play the hand that Gayle had dealt them which is for them both to say welcome back to Windies cricket Gayle and hope you do well. The good thing is while Gayle wins (he gets to play when he want, makes his millions in the IPL, and look like the consummate martyr for sacrificing his contract with somerset, as well as humbly complying with WICB latest demands all for the good of the fans and Windies cricket) so does Windies cricket and Windies fans, I will also say welcome back Gayle hope you and the team does fantastic.Now lets hope the nonsense of the past 18 months dont get repeated. Rally round the windies!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I'm sure Viv Richards would've put in a good word for Gayle. :-)

  • CricFanatic1996 on May 4, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    I think Gale had no choice taking WI over Somerset. If not he could have been sacked for life playing to his own country. A good decision made by Somerset. I wish them good luck in the coming season.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Okay C Gayle you are free to go and make your 4 pound bat do all the talking.

  • nathangonmad on May 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Good for Somerset and good for cricket, if they had taken legal action I think every cricket fan would think less of them.

  • V.Jammy on May 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Great cricketing decision by Somerset authorities showing respect to Chris's decision to play for country first. I think Faf is an awesome replacement. He is running through pretty good form right now in IPL.

  • Sulaimaan91 on May 4, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    would be nice to see how an IPL team would react, in the best interests of the game?

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good to hear this...all is good tat end s good...I am a big fan of Chris Gayle..and I wish him success all the way

  • b4u8me2 on May 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Given that Gayle's international career was basically on the line had he not broken off the contract I think it would have been unconscionable if Somerset had actually tried to sue Gayle. I must applaud the good spirits of Somerset in taking the best road. Let's hope the WICB is not now looking for loopholes so they can continue to keep out Gayle.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Somerset management must be appreciated for looking at the big picture and taking this decision in the best interest of the game.

  • RaoMeister on May 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    It is nice of Somerset not to take action. Glad to see a sensible board in cricket. Letting Gayle return to the West Indies team is indeed worth not taking any action.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    This is very nice. I really wish the West Indies leaders can take a something away from this. They try to jump on every player for everything, sigh...

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    wow ......somehow i wish the WICB would take a page out of Somerset's book....welcome back CH Gayle......blessings flow !!!!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Of course, someone high up in the cricket board told Somerset that it's in the best interest of the WI tour that they (WI) look as competitive as possible to save the tour.

  • MAK123 on May 4, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I am sure Trescothic must have had a role in making sure Gayle is not sued...he looks a very fair man

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  • MAK123 on May 4, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I am sure Trescothic must have had a role in making sure Gayle is not sued...he looks a very fair man

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Of course, someone high up in the cricket board told Somerset that it's in the best interest of the WI tour that they (WI) look as competitive as possible to save the tour.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    wow ......somehow i wish the WICB would take a page out of Somerset's book....welcome back CH Gayle......blessings flow !!!!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    This is very nice. I really wish the West Indies leaders can take a something away from this. They try to jump on every player for everything, sigh...

  • RaoMeister on May 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    It is nice of Somerset not to take action. Glad to see a sensible board in cricket. Letting Gayle return to the West Indies team is indeed worth not taking any action.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Somerset management must be appreciated for looking at the big picture and taking this decision in the best interest of the game.

  • b4u8me2 on May 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Given that Gayle's international career was basically on the line had he not broken off the contract I think it would have been unconscionable if Somerset had actually tried to sue Gayle. I must applaud the good spirits of Somerset in taking the best road. Let's hope the WICB is not now looking for loopholes so they can continue to keep out Gayle.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good to hear this...all is good tat end s good...I am a big fan of Chris Gayle..and I wish him success all the way

  • Sulaimaan91 on May 4, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    would be nice to see how an IPL team would react, in the best interests of the game?

  • V.Jammy on May 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Great cricketing decision by Somerset authorities showing respect to Chris's decision to play for country first. I think Faf is an awesome replacement. He is running through pretty good form right now in IPL.