Northamptonshire's hopes of signing South African Rory Kleinveldt have been scuppered by injury.
Northants, promoted last season to Division One of the LV= County Championship, are therefore thwarted for a second time in their bid to bring a new overseas player to Wantage Road.
Their initial choice was Australian seamer Jackson Bird. Then after he pulled out injured, they announced this week they were set instead to sign Kleinveldt.
But the club confirmed on Friday that the 31-year-old all-rounder is no longer available.
It read: "Rory Kleinveldt was this morning withdrawn from his contract by Cricket South Africa after a knee injury had been diagnosed by their medical team.
"Rory was due to arrive in the UK on Wednesday, and the late decision by Cricket South Africa is extremely disappointing.
"Northants will continue in their search to bring an overseas player to the club for the 2014 season."
Northants have endured torrid luck with injuries this year.
Limited overs captain Alex Wakely was ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. And all-rounder David Willey will miss the start of the season with an ongoing back injury.
Rob Keogh needs an operation on an injured finger, and both he and fellow batsman James Kettleborough - who also has an injured digit - will be out for around three weeks, whilst keeper Ben Duckett has a knee injury.
Northants are hopeful that veteran batsman David Sales (calf) and Rob Newton (thumb) will recover from their injuries in time to play in the first match of the season against champions Durham this Sunday.