Zeenews Sports Bureau
Bridgetown: West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle made himself available for selection to the national squad for the upcoming tour of England by scrapping his deal with English county Somerset.
The latest move from the flamboyant opener would put an end to the year-long dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Gayle has not been part of the West Indies team since his attack on the board 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 the Bangalore franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), is now eyeing a place in the three One-dayers 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 (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."