Leicestershire have completed the signing of former West Indies captain and batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan as their overseas player for all three domestic competitions this season.
The county turned their attention to Sarwan, 31, after former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf failed to agree personal terms because he wanted time off during Ramadan which would have ruled him out of action for most of August.
Sarwan, who played for Gloucestershire in 2005, will ink up with Leicestershire on their pre-season tour to Barbados next month and fly to England shortly before the start of the new season.
His deal is still subject to clearance from the West Indian Cricket Board and obtaining a UK work permit. Neither should be a problem as Sarwan has played the requisite amount of international cricket to obtain a work permit and he has not played for the West Indies since last July.
“We are delighted to have completed the signing of Ramnaresh Sarwan,” said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.
“He has an impressive Test record and his availability to play all forms of the game for us during the 2012 season is an added bonus. We wanted to sign an experienced overseas batsman and Ronnie certainly fits the bill.”
Leicestershire have already re-signed former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 after his significant contribution to their title-winning campaign last season.