County cricket January 27, 2016

Gayle returns to Somerset for T20 Blast

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle had a controversial season at the Big Bash in Australia © Getty Images

Chris Gayle will return to Somerset for a six-match stint in the NatWest T20 Blast during June.

It will bring him back to a club where Chris Rogers, who was outspoken in his criticism of Gayle following the BBL controversy involving his TV interview with Mel McLaughlin, is the County Championship captain although Rogers will not be involved in the T20 matches. Jim Allenby will captain the T20 side.

Gayle had a brief, but blistering, appearance in the 2015 T20 Blast where he amassed 328 runs in just three matches which included an unbeaten 151 off 62 balls against Kent.

The bowling attacks who will have to be ready in 2016 are Sussex, Essex, Surrey , Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. Gayle will make four home appearances at Taunton.

Matthew Maynard, Somerset's director of cricket said: "He is a genuinely world class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year. He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen. Taunton was absolutely rocking when he was out in the middle last year and Somerset fans can look forward to more of the same in 2016."

Guy Lavender, the Somerset chief executive, said that there could be scope for extending Gayle's deal depending on how Somerset perform in the competition.

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  • Dean on January 28, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    Good news for Somerset.

    Interesting that he's signed up for this already given that WI may want to pick him for the Tri series against Aus & Saf which takes place at the same time. Perhaps this is confirmation that he doesn't intend to turn out for WI again once the upcoming WT20 has finished.

  • Mustansir on January 28, 2016, 5:22 GMT

    Ashwin can take gayle's wicket in his sleep also. gayle can't purchase runs against ashwin, let alone hitting him out.

  • Patrick on January 28, 2016, 4:48 GMT

    Hope he does not 'DBB' anybody anymore. His bat is more than sufficient to do all the talking. Which we all enjoy better. Isn't it?

  • Sammy K on January 28, 2016, 4:11 GMT

    Love him or hate him, fact is Chris Gayle is King of T20 cricket. He is any bowler's worst nightmare and on his better days, those nightmares just never end.

  • Steve on January 28, 2016, 1:36 GMT

    Gayle should just be treated as a resource. No team mate, no friend, no legend, nothing. Use or discard him as it suits each match with none of the emotional attachment because you never know when you have to cut him off. I feel his playing days are numbered. Mark this post.

  • Gisele on January 27, 2016, 21:55 GMT

    @AMITDI, He has played for Barisal Burners and Dhaka Gladiators in the first 2 seasons of the Bangladesh T20 tournament and for South African Dolphins and Lions T20 sides.

  • Mike on January 27, 2016, 21:48 GMT

    I can't say I have any respect left for the guy as a person, but he will certainly be good for Somerset's finances, especially if we're allowed to take ten grand off him every time he flirts.

  • Dennis on January 27, 2016, 19:50 GMT

    With Chris around, should SHUT Rodgers up, & put him in his place.

  • Aubline on January 27, 2016, 16:28 GMT

    @Starvybz - That's certainly the point. A young bowler just 'plying his trade' would be anxious about his contract renewal after a Gayle onslaught. On the other hand, someone with ambitions to play at a higher level would surely welcome the challenge of bowling against the best. County cricket has too many 'trade plyers', hopefully Gayle will continue to show them up.

  • Amit on January 27, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    So Gayle plays T20 leagues for India, Australia, England, WI. What abt SA and Bangladesh? Does he play for them too? Most sought after T20 player I guess.

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