YORKSHIRE are likely to come up against West Indies superstar Chris Gayle in a six-team post season Twenty20 tournament in Abu Dhabi this October.

The inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy sees the Vikings line up alongside Hobart Hurricanes, the Titans, Lahore Qalandars and Boost Defenders from Afghanistan.

The latter have signed up Gayle and Tymal Mills for an event in which Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur says the prize money is “very meaningful”. A sixth team is yet to be announced.

The competition will be played across three days between October 4-6 at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium and is due to be broadcast back to the UK.

It is being run in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sporta Group, the management company who regularly facilitate Yorkshire’s pre-season tours.

Arthur said: “The prize money is very meaningful.

“It is effectively winner takes all and would be the icing on the cake.

“Some of the younger players, in particular, will learn from the experience, and it helps the process that we’re undergoing to maintain our competitiveness in all three formats in 2018.”

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon added: “It’s tremendous that we’ve been asked to take part in this.

“With all 18 first-class counties available, for us to be asked is a feather in our cap.

“It gives us the opportunity to pit our wits again some of the best players in the world. It’s similar to the Champions League back in 2012, so we’re all really looking forward to it.

“The way cricket is going, for us to be involved in tournaments such as this, with our future in mind, is very promising.

“It will be a short trip, and we’ll have three days over there to prepare. It will be very interesting.”