Chris Gayle is preparing to make his comeback for the West Indies against England after pulling out of a deal to play for Somerset.
The 32-year-old had signed for the county in January as one of their overseas players for this summer's Twenty20 Cup competition.
Gayle has not played international cricket since the 2011 Cricket World Cup after falling out with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in April last year.
The Jamaican was consequently not included in the Test squad for the three-match series against England which gets underway at Lord's on 17 May.
He is now hoping to return to the Windies side for next month's three one-dayers and one Twenty20 international which follow the Test series.
"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 understand that by making this decision, it may place me in a position of considerable risk, since I am foregoing a signed contract, without any guarantees whatsoever, with only the hope that I will be selected to play for the West Indies again."