Today, Chris Gayle has pulled out of a deal with English County side Somerset. Instead of playing for Somerset he has declared he is ready to play in all formats of the game for the West Indies. The West Indies have an upcoming tour against England and Chris Gayle could easily make his way back into his opening spot with no complaints.
The year long standoff between WICB and Chris Gayle would be ended if he were to be selected for the West Indies for the England tour and this seems likely at this stage. The stand-off was caused by comments that Gayle had made last year in relation to the WICB on a radio station. It is too late for Gayle to be selected for the Test matches against England but it looked certain that he would be selected for the limited format squads that follow the tests.
“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,” said Gayle.
The matches scheduled against England for the limited overs matches had interfered with the schedule of the Friends Life T20 tournament which Chris Gayle had struck a deal with Somerset. Gayle has not played for the West Indies since the World Cup last year but it hasn’t come at a better time with Gayle and WICB resolving their problems with the upcoming T20 World Cup as he has been in impressive form in the IPL.