Somerset County Cricket Club have signed West Indian all rounder Chris Gayle as their second overseas player for the 2012 Twenty20 Cup competition.
Brian Rose, the Director of Cricket said “We are delighted to have been able to sign Chris for this season; he is a tremendously exciting player and one of the people who would get into any World T20 XI.”
“Chris is a tremendous all rounder; his batting is outstanding, he bowls and can open the attack with his off spinners and he is also a brilliant fielder, so we are absolutely delighted.”
Kieron Pollard, who has played for Somerset in previous seasons, is unable to return in 2012 due to the West Indies tour to England.
Chris Gayle said, “I am delighted to be heading to Somerset this summer, they are a great club and hopefully I can make a key contribution to their T20 campaign this year.”
Gayle, who has not played for the national team since last year’s World Cup after a fall-out with the West Indies Cricket Board, have been in great demand in Twenty20.
Gayle has appeared for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, for Western Australia Warriors and Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash as well as Matabeleland Tuskers in the Stanic Bank 20 Series in Zimbabwe.
In all Twenty20 cricket Gayle has played in 85 matches, hitting almost 3000 runs, including 195 sixes and has an average of 39.58, as well as taking 47 wickets at 31.19 with an economy rate of 7.47.