Leicestershire have agreed a deal to sign West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan as their overseas player for the entire 2012 season, subject to obtaining a work permit.
The 31-year-old right-hander, who averages over 40 in Tests and one-day internationals but has not represented his country since July, has signed a contract and is awaiting clearance from the West Indies Cricket Board and a UK work permit.
Sarwan is due to link up with Leicestershire in Barbados during mid-March on their pre-season tour and fly to the UK shortly before the start of the domestic season.
Foxes fans will be hoping the Guyana-born batsman will help fill the void left by the departing James Taylor, who has joined Nottinghamshire.
Chief executive Mike Siddall said: "We are delighted to have completed the signing of Ramnaresh Sarwan.
"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."