Warwickshire are lining up New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as an overseas player for this season’s Friends Life t20 Cup.
Patel, 30, had a stint with Warwickshire in the first half of the 2009 season and has been approached to for a second spell with the county.
Warwickshire are seeking a second experienced spinner to back up slow left-armer Ant Botha who is currently recovering from an operation to repair a damaged cartilage and ligament in his right knee.
Botha hopes to be fit in time for the start of the Twenty20 Cup but is working to a tight deadline. If he is not it would leave rookies Chris Metters, Maurice Holmes and Paul Best as Warwickshire’s only spin options.
Patel, 30, has not played Twenty20 or one-day international cricket for New Zealand for two years but he did play for them in the first Test against India in Ahmedabad last November.
Though he was not a spectacular success during his first stint with Warwickshire, Patel, who made his maiden century on his debut against Yorkshire, was a popular figure with his team mates.
Warwickshire have yet to decide who will replace Pakistan batsman Younis Khan as their overseas player for the second half of the season.