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Chris Gayle commits to West Indies after rejecting Somerset deal

Former captain will be available for limited-overs series in England as he buries hatchet with West Indies Cricket Board.

Chris Gayle has scored 407 runs in the Indian Premier League so far this season.
Chris Gayle has scored 407 runs in the Indian Premier League so far this season.

Chris Gayle, the flamboyant opening batsman, has scrapped his deal with Somerset, the English county team, to make himself available for West Indies after ending his year-long dispute with the cricket board.

Gayle has not been part of the West Indies team since his attack on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in a radio interview in April last year and was not picked in the Test squad for the three-match series against England starting next month.

The 32-year-old left-hander, currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is now eyeing a place in the three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international that follow the England Tests.

"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," Gayle said in a statement.

"I have now satisfied all of the requests of the WICB 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."

Gayle, who is a former West Indies captain, has scored 407 runs in the IPL so far this season although Bangalore are sixth in the nine-team championship table.

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