Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:58:46 GMT | By AP

Gayle, Afridi sign for Big Bash league

Sydney: Prolific West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi have signed to play for the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash league this summer.

Gayle, Afridi sign for Big Bash league

Gayle played for the Thunder last season, scoring 252 runs at an average of 42 and hitting a league-high 22 sixes. His tally included a century from 54 balls against Adelaide, which included 11 sixes.

Sydney coach Shane Duff said "along with (Australian Test opener) David Warner, Chris Gayle is the best T20 player in the world."

Afridi, who has played 110 T20 matches, "was approached by a few teams in the BBL and opted for Sydney as I feel there is a real drive and passion to be successful this time around."

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