Worcestershire have announced the signing of Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya to play Twenty20 cricket later this year.
Jayasuriya, who won the 1996 World Cup with Sri Lanka and also played during the 2007, 2009 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 competitions, has played more One-Day Internationals (444) than any other player.
He has also played 110 Tests and 30 Twenty20 Internationals for his country and the veteran left-hander will replace Steven Smith after five matches of Worcestershire's campaign when the Australian leg-spinner joins up with his national squad to play England and Pakistan.
"Sanath will bring a wealth of experience to the squad during a critical part of the forthcoming FPt20 campaign gained from playing all around the world including the IPL and the recent World Twenty20 in the West Indies," Worcestershire's Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, said.
"His left arm spin and powerful batting can only benefit our efforts in this competition and there is no doubt he is still one of the most exciting cricketers in world cricket. He is a proven match winner and I have no doubt he will prove to be a great entertainer for our supporters."
Jayasuriya's compatriot Chaminda Vaas, now plying his trade at Northamptonshire, also enjoyed a spell at Worcestershire in 2005 while Jayasuriya has previously represented Lancashire and Somerset in county cricket.
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