Gayle joins Melbourne Renegades

Chris Gayle signs off from the World Cup International Cricket Council

Chris Gayle has signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the 2015-16 Big Bash League. Gayle last played in the BBL during the 2012-13 season, when he turned out for the Sydney Thunder, and he had previously been part of Western Australia's side in the tournament's previous incarnation as the Big Bash.

"It's exciting to be coming to the Melbourne Renegades in the sporting capital of Australia," Gayle said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the fans, getting to know the city a little more and helping the team into the finals in BBL 05."

The Renegades' coach, David Saker, said Gayle's experience and ability at the top of the order would be a valuable asset for the team.

"Chris's abilities and experience goes without saying," Saker said. "He has tremendous skills both as an explosive T20 batsman but also as that genuine all-rounder you need. He's someone who can inspire the squad, particularly among our batsmen, with his confidence and his ability to back himself and flick the switch when the time is right."