Middlesex have signed South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren as part of their bid to win the Twenty20 Cup for a second time following their success in 2008.
Middlesex's triumph at The Rose Bowl came with McLaren playing for runners-up Kent and the fast bowler returned a hat-trick in the final in 2007 when Kent beat Gloucestershire.
McLaren will represent Middlesex as their second overseas player alongside Australian opener and former Derbyshire captain Chris Rogers.
As well as starring for Kent in English domestic cricket, McLaren earned an Indian Premier League contract with the Mumbai Indians and has played one Tests, ten One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for his country.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Middlesex Panthers for their 2011 twenty20 campaign and am excited about making Lord’s my home during the summer," McLaren said.
"I have felt in good form in the Pro20 in South Africa and am really looking forward to doing all I can to ensure that Middlesex have a successful twenty20 campaign."
Angus Fraser, Managing Director of Cricket, added: "Middlesex CCC have thought long and hard about who to sign as a second overseas t20 player for the coming season and it was unanimously agreed that a high quality all-rounder would provide the club with the player it is looking for.
"Ryan McLaren fits that bill. Ryan is an extremely good cricketer who is unlucky not to be in South Africa's World Cup Squad. He offers explosive hitting when batting, experience and nous when he has the ball in his hand and energy and athleticism in the field. He has a wealth of t20 experience too, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Lord's."
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