Sri Lankan spin king Muttiah Muralitharan has confirmed that he will be returning to Gloucestershire for the 2012 Friends Life Twenty20 competition.
The spin bowling legend joined Gloucestershire last season and played in all 15 Twenty20 Cup games, proving a huge attraction.
He sent down more overs than any other Gloucestershire bowler in the competition and finished joint top wicket-taker with 12.
Speaking on his return to the club, Muralitharan said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my first season with Gloucestershire and I am looking forward to returning to the club."
Director of cricket, John Bracewell, added: "As a side we are delighted that Murali is returning.
"His experience was invaluable last year, given the shortness of the t20 game and the amount of rain-affected matches we had. We did not see the best of what he can offer.
"I know our players gained a great deal from having Murali in and around our dressing room. His enthusiasm and love for the game, combined with his exceptional skills, are something that will draw any crowd."