Popular Mumbai Indians star Kieron Pollard will join English side Northamptonshire for this year’s T20 Blast competition.
The West Indian is set to feature in eight games for Northants mid-way through the tournament.
Pollard, 32, is available from the game against Durham on June 5, subject to a no-objection certificate from Cricket West Indies.
The all-rounder will first have his sights set on another IPL title with Mumbai Indians.
The West Indies white-ball skipper played a key role in the 2019 final as Mumbai bagged a fourth title.
Mumbai are considered 5.00 (4/1) joint-favourites with bet365 to come out on top again. They are joined at the top of the market by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Pollard back in the Blast
The power hitter has previously represented Somerset in 2010 and 2011 and is delighted to make his return to England.
He said: “I see this as a wonderful opportunity to be back in England again playing in the action-packed Vitality Blast tournament.
“I want to thank Northants for welcoming me to their group of exciting players. I know they have some amazing fans and I look forward to entertaining them and bringing more success to the club.
“Of course as captain of the West Indies team and defending champions I have one eye on the ICC T20 World Cup later this year in Australia, but I can assure you my focus will be 100% on winning games for Northants when I arrive.”
Northants have also brought in Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Netherlands bowler Brandon Glover.
“I've spoken to many people about Kieron and the biggest factor you get from everyone is that he's a winner. He's got a fantastic record in winning T20 comps, just an absolute competitor,” added head coach David Ripley.
“It helps the teams he plays for that he can bowl the big overs, field in key positions and whack it out of any cricket ground in the world.”
Northamptonshire are looking to get back to the form that saw them crowned T20 Blast champions in 2013 and 2016. They failed to make it beyond the group stage last year.