Gayle to return to Somerset for T20 Blast

County Cricket

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has resigned for English county side Somerset and will play six matches for the Taunton-based team in the T20 Blast.

The left-handed Gayle, who scored 328 runs in just three T20 games for Somerset last year, has a deal that will see him start playing in June this year.

The big-hitting Gayle will play games against Sussex, Essex, Surrey , Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Hampshire, with four of those matches being in 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."