Nottinghamshire sign Sammy

Sammy, who led West Indies to the ICC World Twenty20 title in 2012, will join the Outlaws for four matches between the end of May and mid-June - with the hope he may be able to return later should Nottinghamshire reach the knockout stages.

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes Sammy will be an important acquisition at a time when his team may be weakened by England calls.

"We've got to look at the summer in terms of where and when we might lose players to international cricket," said Newell.

"There's a period in June where we could lose James Taylor and Alex Hales, and therefore we need to strengthen up the team at that time.

"It's a gap between the IPL and the Caribbean Premier League where Darren was available and keen to play.

"He's an explosive twenty20 player, with a reputation around the world for being a good player and a good bloke. We're looking forward to welcoming him to the team and hope he can help us achieve a good season in the NatWest T20 Blast."

Sammy, a renowned big-hitter down the order who has previously played in the same competition for Glamorgan, said: "I'm looking forward to coming to England and experiencing T20 cricket with Nottinghamshire.

"The Outlaws have a reputation for playing exciting cricket and have some hugely talented players.

"Trent Bridge is an excellent venue known worldwide, with great crowds, and I can't wait to get started."

  Darren Sammy is on his way to Trent Bridge this summer
Darren Sammy is on his way to Trent Bridge this summer