Jayawardene, who is currently England’s batting consultant at the World T20, will play in 12 of Somerset’s 14 games in the domestic 20-over competition this summer.
“Somerset is a really good club with a long history and I hope that I can bring success to the county,” he said. “It has a tradition of overseas players and I’ll be doing my best to ensure I join that list.”
Jayawardene currently holds the record for the most runs scored in the World T20 competition, having smashed his way to 1016 runs in 31 matches; second in that list is Chris Gayle, who will also be joining Somerset for the T20s this year.
“Mahela is a batsman of undoubted class who scores his runs all around the wicket,” said Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard.
“When a player of his experience and class becomes available, you have to snap them up. He is an experienced international captain and the squad will certainly benefit from having him around the dressing room.
“He is a true professional and will have a major influence both on and off the field for us during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
“To have the top two run scorers in the history of the ICC World T20 walking out in to the middle at Taunton is something that I hope the members and supporters will be looking forward to.” (Courtesy Sky Sports)