Australian batsman Brad Hodge is to return to Leicestershire, the county for which he played between 2003 and 2004, as their second overseas player for the Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup.
During his time at Grace Road he helped Leicestershire win the 2004 Twenty20 Cup with an unbeaten 77 in the final while he also excelled in first-class cricket, scoring an unbeaten 302 against Nottinghamshire.
Hodge recently announced his retirement from first-class cricket but continues to play One-Day and Twenty20 cricket and he will join compatriot Andrew McDonald in Leicestershire's 2010 Twenty20 squad.
“I am delighted that Brad is returning to Leicestershire CCC, having played in the Twenty20 cup winning team of 2004. He knows the club well having spent the seasons 2003 and 2004 at Grace Road," chief executive David Smith told the club's website (www.leicestershireccc.co.uk).
“His Twenty20 record is outstanding. He is the world's leading run scorer having scored over 2,300 runs in 73 matches, as well as taking 31 wickets.
“Brad plays in the Indian Premier League, and recently represented his Australian state side Victoria in the Champions League earlier this year.
“At 35 years of age, Brad will bring a wealth of experience to next summer’s Twenty20 campaign for Leicestershire. We are delighted to have him on board."
The new Twenty20 competition allows counties to employ two overseas players, one more than has been in place for the last two years.
Leicestershire have also signed Matthew Hoggard, Will Jefferson and James Benning in the close season.
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