Western Australia has received a massive boost ahead of next summer’s KFC Big Bash competition, the Warriors having re-signed West Indian skipper Chris Gayle for the 2010-11 season and brought in his team-mate Kemar Roach…

WACA chief executive Graeme Wood says he looks forward to welcoming both Gayle and Roach to Perth next summer.

“The KFC Twenty20 Big Bash competition continues to grow in profile and stature and we have seen the benefits that all states have gained from quality international recruits,” Wood said.

“In Chris Gayle we have secured one of the game’s best Twenty20 players for the second successive season, while Kemar Roach is one of the most promising young paceman in world cricket.”

“Chris Gayle was adopted as a Western Australian despite injury ruining his campaign.”

“I have no doubt that he will be very keen to repay that loyalty to the WA public when he returns later this year.”

“It has been extremely disappointing to miss out on the opportunity to compete at the first two Champions League Twenty20 tournaments.”

“(But) we strongly believe that with Chris and Kemar added to the exciting local talent in the Warriors’ squad, we can give ourselves a great chance of qualifying for the 2011 edition.”

- sportal.com.au

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