The West Indies opening batsmen Chris Gayle has penned a deal with Somerset County Cricket Club to represent them in up to six games during the club's T20 Blast campaign this summer.
The powerful opening batsmen is sure to be a huge hit during the summer and will guarantee bumper crowds at Taunton,and elsewhere, as he becomes the leading international to commit himself to England's version of the IPL.
Gayle and his West Indies team-mates have just ended their ODI World Cup campaign after being knocked out in the quarter-final by co-hosts New Zealand. However, Gayle enjoyed personal success after he hit the first ever World Cup ODI double-hundred in his record innings of 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra.
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Gayle is clearly capable of winning T20 games single-handedly and with the addition of hard-hitting New Zealander Corey Anderson Somerset look strong contenders for the T20 Blast this year.
Gayle has already hit 13 T20 centuries in his career, including the first ever international T20 century against South Africa in 2007.
Every time the 35-year-old Jamaican bats there is eager anticipation as to what he could deliver and Somerset's supporters will be keen for him to entertain them like he has done to thousands of other supporters around the World.
There will be a lot of bowlers who will now be trying to think of a way to restrict Gayle and his potential fireworks. A lot will be worried for their bowling figures but from a neutral point of view it will be great to see the Gayle force in full flow for Somerset.
As yet it is unclear how many games Gayle will play as it will depend on how successful he is with his Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year's tournament.
His first game for Somerset could be against Sussex at Taunton on the 22nd May or at Chelmsford, against Essex, a week later.
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