Afridi, Gayle sign with Sydney Thunder for Big Bash League

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi and West Indies’ Chris Gayle have finalized to play in Australia’s regional T20 tournament for the Sydney Thunder, the team said Monday.

Gayle is going back to the team where last time he smashed an unbeaten hundred off 54 balls, including 11 sixes, against Adelaide and who finished the tournament with an average of 42 for the Thunder with 252 runs.

“After my experience last season, I always desired to return,” said the West Indian who hit the most sixes in the Big Bash League last season with 22. “I love Sydney, so I can’t wait to get amongst the guys again.” Afridi played in the first Big Bash League last season with the Melbourne Renegades, finishing among the league’s top ten wicket-takers and posting a decent average of 23 with the bat.

“I was contacted by a couple of teams in the Big Bash League and opted for Sydney Thunder as I feel there’s a real drive and passion to be successful this time around, and this is something I wish to be part of,” Afridi said.

The eight-team Big Bash League starts on Dec 7.

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