Warwickshire have secured the services of New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as their overseas player for the whole of next season.
Patel had a brief stint at Edgbaston in 2009 and rejoined Warwickshire in June as a Twenty20 specialist. But he was also pressed into service in their County Championship side after the arrival of West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s arrival was delayed by visa complications.
Patel grasped his opportunity and played a starring role in the back-to-back Championship victories over Sussex at Arundel and Edgbaston in mid-season.
Warwickshire sent Patel a contract earlier this week and he has now agreed terms on a deal that is still subject to Home Office clearance.
“It’s fantastic to have Jeetan returning to the club for the full 2012 season, and having such an experienced high, quality spinner is the perfect addition to complement this talented squad,” said Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“It was a big blow to the team when we lost Ant Botha to injury last season, which unfortunately led to his premature retirement. But signing Jeetan is a great boost for everyone and we look forward to welcoming him back to Edgbaston in 2012.”
Patel is expected to link up with Warwickshire shortly before the start of the next domestic season following the end of his winter commitments in New Zealand.