Somerset sign Chris Gayle for T20

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Somerset have re-signed West Indies batsman Chris Gayle for six matches in this summer’s T20 Blast competition.

Earlier this month, the 36-year-old was fined £4,900 after asking a TV reporter for a date in a live interview while playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Big Bash League.

He later apologised but said the reaction was “out of proportion”.

Gayle, whose first game is on 1 June against Sussex, scored 328 runs in three appearances for Somerset in 2015.

The final match of his six-game stint will be against Hampshire on 19 June.

Gayle said: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great club and the supporters were absolutely incredible.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully I can help the club make it through to the later stages.”

Somerset’s director of cricket Matt Maynard previously described Gayle as “box office” and suggested Somerset sold out their seven T20 Blast games last year “essentially on the back of him signing”.

The left-hander hit a 12-ball half-century to equal the record for the fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket before Renegades exited the Big Bash earlier this month.

Somerset’s chief executive Guy Lavender said they may be able to bring Gayle back to Taunton if they qualified from the group stage.

Source:BBC Sport & Image : Espn Cricket

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