Somerset have signed Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik as their overseas player for the 2010 season after he signed a one-year contract with the club.
Kartik, who can add spells with Lancashire and Middlesex to his eight Test matches and 37 One-Day Internationals for his country, will provide the Somerset attack with crucial variety as they look to build on a run of success that has seen them finish strongly in the LV County Championship this season and last.
"This a fantastic opportunity and a new challenge for a player like me who has been playing first class cricket in England for the last five seasons," Kartik told Somerset's official website (somersetcountycc.co.uk).
"I know it is not an Old Trafford or a Lord's wicket because I played here before and it is a different challenge to me. As an international spinner when you have been playing for a long time you like to challenge yourself on wickets like that.
"To be playing for a county like Somerset which has been vying for honours for the last two years I think I probably add a new dimension to their attack.
"I love the challenge of playing county cricket and coming out and playing on different sorts of wickets and as an overseas player the key is to maintain the consistency and hunger from the first day until the last day of the season which is crucial as a cricketer and that is what I will be trying to do."
The 2010 season will be one of changes for Somerset, who will be without Andrew Caddick and current overseas player Justin Langer as both men are retiring and they will be captained by Marcus Trescothick.
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