A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Chris Gayle opts out of Somerset deal

Gayle has not represented the West Indies since April last year

West Indies opener, Chris Gayle has opted out of his deal with English county Somerset, in order to make himself available for the national team.

Gayle, has not played for the West Indies since April last year, after attacking the cricket board and coach, Ottis Gibson, during a radio interview.

The big-hitting opener was not included in the roster for the upcoming three match Test series against England, which is scheduled to begin on May 17.

Gayle, who is currently playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, has voiced his interest in representing the West Indies in the three ODIs and one Twenty20 International that will take place after the Test series.

In a statement, Gayle said: “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.”

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,” he added.

With Gayle now fulfilling all of the demands from the WICB, the entire cricketing community will be watching closely to see whether the big left-hander will get an opportunity to shine for his country once again.


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