South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir will join Derbyshire in 2017 after being announced as the Club’s first overseas signing for next summer.
Depending on his international commitments, which will take precedent, Tahir is due to arrive after the ICC Champions Trophy in June and will be available for the remainder of the season.
The world-class bowler, who is currently ranked as the world’s number one Twenty20 international bowler, has played over 500 games as a professional claiming 1,193 wickets during his career.
The 37-year-old has featured in over 100 fixtures for South Africa since making his debut in 2011, claiming 211 wickets at an average of 26 and best figures of 7-45.
He also has extensive experience in England, previously representing Hampshire, Warwickshire and most recently Nottinghamshire.
In total, Tahir has appeared in 188 first-class games claiming 766 wickets at an average of 26, with best figures of 8-42. He has also featured in 311 limited overs matches taking 427 wickets at an average of 22.
Chairman, Chris Grant said: “At the end of the season, we committed to investing in top quality players to improve the squad and ensure we could compete more strongly in 2017.
“This signing clearly demonstrates that we are delivering on that commitment and we look forward to welcoming Imran to Derbyshire.”
Director of Cricket, Kim Barnett added: “We are keen to strengthen our squad with experienced match winners who will also help our talented youngsters. With his vast international and domestic experience here in England, Imran fits the bill perfectly.
“He is one of the best leg spinners in the world and we’re very excited to have him on board. Not only will Imran bring an added dimension to our bowling line up, his influence on the team and players, such as Matt Critchley, will be immense.
“Whilst our initial plans are very much focused on next summer, we are both going into this with an open-mind and a view to looking at long term options.”
Imran said: “I love playing cricket in England and I’m looking forward to playing a senior role at Derbyshire.
“I’ve learned a lot over the years and if I can pass my knowledge on to youngsters and help win matches, then it’s a great option for me.”