Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has signed to play for Surrey until the end of the season and could make his debut this week.
Herath, who returned to the Sri Lankan side when Muttiah Muralitharan picked up a knee injury, has since made a strong claim to maintain his place, jumping up to the top of the with 23 wickets in four matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.
Herath has now played 18 Tests for Sri Lanka as well as six One-Day Internationals and his arrival will boost Surrey's bid for a strong run at the end of their Championship season.
Surrey Cricket Manager Chris Adams told Surrey's website (www.surreycricket.com): “We have three Championship matches to go and it’s important for our momentum going into next year that we finish the season in winning fashion. Spin plays a huge part at the back end of a season and securing a top class International spinner like Rangana Herath will hopefully help us to close out matches and turn good positions into wins."
Surrey have already signed Worcestershire pair Steven Davies and Gareth Batty for the 2010 season as they push for promotion back to the top division of Championship cricket.
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