Sydney, Jul 23: After creating waves in Sri Lanka Premier League which is due to start next month, the famous T20 players, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and the West Indies' destructive batsman Chris Gayle are all set to play for Sydney Thunder in Australia's domestic T20 tournament, Big Bash League, according to the team.
Chris Gayle, who concentrated more on domestic T20 leagues last year post World Cup had also participated in Big Bash League, where he had set an amazing record.
Following a thundering season which included an unbeaten ton off just 54 balls including 11 sixes against Adelaide, finished the tournament with an average of 42 for the team Sydney Thunder with 252 runs. The Jamaican holds the record for the maximum sixes hit in the inaugural edition of BBL with 22 huge hits.
After a break from international cricket, Gayle proved his worth playing domestic T20 leagues and earned his place back in the ODI and Test fold recently.
Asked about BBL 2, Gayle said "After my experience last year, I always wanted 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 cannot wait to get amongst the guys again."
Having represented Melbourne Renegades in the first edition of Big Bash League, Shahid Afridi says he was approached by a few teams but decided to play for Sydney Thunder this season as there is a real drive and passion to be successful.
"I was approached by a few teams in the BBL and opted for Sydney Thunder as I feel there is a real drive and passion to be successful this time around, and this is something I want to be part of," Afridi said.
Afridi, who featured among the top ten highest wicket-takers in the inaugural edition of BBL, the all-rounder also finished the league with a decent average of 23 with the bat.
Australia's domestic T20 tournament, Big Bash League is slated to begin on December 7, 2012.