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Gayle pulls out of Somerset deal

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May 3, 2012

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Chris Gayle top scored for West Indies with 80, Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi, February 28, 2011
Chris Gayle could be back in the West Indies side after declaring himself available in all formats © AFP

Chris Gayle has pulled out of his Twenty20 contract with Somerset, declaring himself committed to playing for West Indies in all forms of the game. The move could smooth the way for Gayle to return to the West Indies side for the upcoming tour of England, which would end a year-long standoff between Gayle and the WICB that stemmed from comments he made about the board in a radio interview last April.

Gayle was not chosen in the Test squad for the England tour but after progress was made in reaching a resolution between the two parties, he was considered to have a chance to be selected for the three ODIs that follow the Tests. However, those matches clash with the Friends Life t20, a tournament for which Gayle had agreed to play with Somerset, and the WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire said Gayle could not be considered unless he categorically made himself available.

"I wish to advise that as of today, May 2nd, 2012, 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 Life t20]. I made it clear to them that my decision was made because of my commitment to West Indies cricket and to West Indies cricket fans, and because ... I believe that it is time for the WICB to make a decision which will provide a clearer view of my own future," Gayle said in a statement.

"I understand that by making this decision, it may place me in a position of considerable risk, since I am foregoing a signed contract, without any guarantees whatsoever, with only the hope that I will be selected to play for the West Indies again. I have now satisfied all of the requests of the WICB and their selection panel, with whom I met via teleconference yesterday, 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. This has been a difficult time, and I wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me, my family and friends, and in particular cricket fans worldwide who have continued to show appreciation for me wherever I have played. I look forward to once again putting on the maroon, and resuming my international career and my service to West Indies cricket."

Gayle has not played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup, but he has been in outstanding form in the IPL. He is third on the tournament's run tally and has scored 81, 87, 4, 86 and 71 from his past five innings.

Edited by Brydon Coverdale


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Posted by Shawn on (May 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

@JG2704 I can't seem to find my post that you replied to. I may have ranted a bit, but the point i wanted to make was the Board's response was unacceptable, which I think we both agree on. Power hungry men in position is a dangerous thing, it's a good thing Sammy has the polish for the apple. Cheers.

Posted by John on (May 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@ali00 on (May 05 2012, 01:50 AM GMT) You'll probably find that WI are paying better or similar money to what Somerset were due to pay him and if Somerset were paying the same wages as his IPL team he would still not be paying for WI but sure he'll milk the support for those who believe he is purely putting his country first. As I put in other comms the Aussie test players - Clarke,Hilf , Watson and M Hussey are all playing IPL now having put in shifts for their country first. I don't diss CG for wanting to make money while he can but let's not pretend that that he's sacrificing better money for playing for his country otherwise he'd be doing like the Aussies have been doing

Posted by ali on (May 5, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

Good to see Gayle back in the West Indies Side and love to see him play for his country and he is doing a great job playing for his country rather than playing for money for other people.

Posted by vijay on (May 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

May be everything happens for a reason. Without Gayle playing, WI had to do lot of hard work atleast to give a fight and now they are in an OK shape. Gayle's addition will be a major plus to the improving team and the results are ought to improve and so the confidence of remaining players and WI cricket.

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Thoughts on my W.I. T20 team for the WC later this year in order: Gayle, Dw. Smith, Simmons, Da. Bravo, Dw. Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Narine, Rampaul, Roach.

Posted by John on (May 4, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

re WI - Yes the teams listed look great on paper but the truth is that they are even listed behind Ireland in the T20 rankings (or were last time I looked) . Actually on paper Eng possibly look one of the weakest T20 sides and India look one of the strongest

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 4, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

Sweetest News For Windies and Gayle Supporters!! Go Gayle Goooooooooooo

Posted by Brian on (May 4, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

Welcome back Chris.

Now get the rest of our boys back, WICB.

Posted by Matthew on (May 3, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

This is brilliant news and I hope to see Gayle perform in the one day series in England. His return to international cricket can only benefit this young Windies team. He is experienced, is good with younger players and brings that quality to the top order that the Windies need. He would be great guiding a younger hand like Barath or Powell. I don't think people should doubt his commitment either even if at times he has given off the opposite impression. I hope too that the long running dispute between the WICB and Gayle can be put to bed. It's dragged along long enough to the detriment of the Windies team.

Posted by Clester on (May 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

I personally feel that West Indians are under estimating Keiron Powell. His major problem to me is that he looks a little to complacent but I am ready to predict that give sufficient chance he along with Darren Bravo are going to be the most domineering batsmen not only in the Windies but the world.

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