Somerset eye Chris Gayle deal for Friends Life t20

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle could feature for Somerset in this year's Friends Life t20, says the county's chariman

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle could play for Somerset in this year’s Friends Life t20 competition, according to the county’s chairman Andy Nash.

Gayle had agreed to sign for the Taunton club last year but the move fell through after he resolved his differences with the WICB and made himself available for the West Indies’ summer tour of England.

The 33-year-old has a Twenty20 average of 46.33 and only this week made cricketing history when he smashed the fastest hundred in professional cricket while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

“He’s openly saying he would offer Somerset first refusal on his services in the shorter format.” Nash told BBC Somerset.

The county opted against taking legal action against the powerful opener after he pulled out of his contract – a decision which Nash feels will benefit them.

“We could dig in and look to go down the legal route but thankfully good sense prevailed and we decided to take the longer term view,” added Nash.

“He very generously reciprocated by declaring himself a member of the Somerset family. That was a happy ending.”

The West Indies are involved in a triangular tournament against Sri Lanka and India in early July, but Friends Life t20 group matches go on until the end of that month, with the knock-out stages taking place in August.

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