A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Somerset drop idea of suing Gayle for breaching contract

Gayle is now available to make his return for the West Indies

English county side Somerset, have decided not to pursue taking legal action against West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle for opting out of his contract to play for his country.

Gayle, who was supposed to play for Somerset in the 2012 Friends Life Twenty20 tournament, has now made himself available for selection in the upcoming West Indies tour of England.

Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Somerset chief executive, Guy Lavender said: “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, we wish Chris well and hope to see him back playing for the West Indies this summer.”

Somerset were prepared to sue Gayle for breaching the policies of his contract, but refused to take action because both their financial costs and reputation of cricket would suffer as a result.

With Gayle released from his contract deal, Somerset have already signed South African opener Francois du Plessis as a replacement for the big West Indian.

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