Warwickshire have completed the signing of West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as their overseas player for the second half of the season.
The 36-year-old left-hander will link up with Warwickshire for their last seven County Championship matches when he arrives in England on July 13 after the West Indies current home Test series against India.
Chanderpaul, who has already played county cricket for Durham and Lancashire, will replace former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf at Edgbaston.
Warwickshire initial encouraging discussions with Yousuf about extending his stay soon turned into frustration when he expressed reservations about playing one-day cricket.
Yousuf is now expected to link up with Birmingham League club Smethwick, which was his original plan before he joined Warwickshire.
Warwickshire will have the option of playing New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel as an overseas player against Sussex at Arundel next week, their last match in the competition before Chanderpaul becomes available.
“Not only does he possess the qualities and talents that we are looking for in abundance, but he also comes with a reputation as a hard-working cricketer, a great character and a professional with a tremendous work ethic,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“We are delighted that Shiv has agreed to join us for the vitally important final stages of our season.”