Lancashire have signed New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20.
The 27-year-old left-armer, an impressive performer in recent one-day internationals with England and the ongoing Champions Trophy, will join Australian Simon Katich in the Red Rose ranks for the game’s shortest format.
“I am delighted to be joining Lancashire for the Friends Life t20,” said McClenaghan.
“I have enjoyed being part of the NZ tour of the UK and Champions Trophy squad so far, and the opportunity to broaden my cricket experience by playing county cricket was too good to turn down.
“Lancashire are a club with a great history and tradition and I hope to be able to help them to T20 success this season.”
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “Mitch is a relative newcomer to international cricket but has made rapid progress to become a very influential member of the New Zealand one-day side.
“His ability with the new ball and at the back end of the innings makes him ideal for us.”
Head coach Peter Moores added: “To have an international quality left-arm seamer joining us for the Friends Life t20 competition is very exciting and a real boost to the squad.
“The fact that Mitchell is coming straight out of international cricket in England means he will hit the ground running, and his competitive nature looks a perfect fit for how we go about our cricket.”