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Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle has signed a short-term contract to represent Somerset in this year’s Natwest T20 Blast.
Gayle is expected to arrive in Somerset on May 22 or May 29 depending on how the Royal Challengers Bangalore do in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Nonetheless, he will stay with Somerset until June 13, which means that he will be available to play six Natwest T20 Blast matches.
In the 195 domestic Twenty20s he has played, Gayle has scored 6,975 runs, which includes a top score of 175 not out, at an average of 42.01.
“I’m excited about joining Somerset for the NatWest T20 Blast this year,” Gayle said. “Many of the club’s members and supporters will know that I came close to playing for the county in 2012 and I have always felt that, if I was able to, I wanted to honour that commitment to Somerset.
“I’m looking forward to coming to Taunton and scoring some runs.”
Somerset’s director of cricket, Matt Maynard, added: “Signing a world class player of the quality of Chris Gayle is tremendously exciting for the club. He will be a tremendous addition to our already extremely strong squad.
“He is an inspirational character and we are delighted to be bringing him to Somerset. We have a number of overseas players on the roster for the 2015 campaign and Chris’ arrival and registration will give us a number of options which we will look at as we approach each competition.”