Kings XI Punjab have signed South African all-rounder and former Mumbai Indians player Ryan McLaren ahead of the Indian Premier League 2011 competition.
Punjab have drafted McLaren in following injuries to English pair Stuart Broad and Dimitri Mascarenhas left them searching for cover ahead of the tournament, which gets underway on 8th April.
The franchise announced the news with a short statement on their Facebook and Twitter pages while Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that McLaren would be unavailable for an 'A' team tour to Bangladesh and in his place Andrew Birch and Kyle Abbott have been called up.
The Kings XI Punjab made the semi-finals in the inaugural tournament in 2008 but have since failed to emulate that performance.
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