Pakistan cricketing legend Shahid Afridi has signed for Northants for the start of the NatWest T20 Blast competition.
The 34-year-old will be available for the first six NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, joining the squad on May 15.
Head coach David Ripley said: “This is a very exciting signing for us.
“Shahid is without doubt the most outstanding spin bowling all-rounder in one day international cricket of the last five years.
“He is a fierce competitor and undoubted match winner with bat and ball.”
A highly experiencedTwenty20 all-rounder, Shahid has featured for Pakistan in 77 T20 internationals, taking 81 wickets at an average of 22.4.
Afridi has an average of 23.49 and a strike-rate of 116.29 in ODIs, and has also taken 391 wickets at 33.89 at an economy-rate of 4.62.
Ripley added: “Afridi brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room with over 230 Twenty20 games as well as captaining his country.”
Afridi said: “I am looking forward to playing in the NatWest T20 Blast.
“I have always enjoyed playing in England, where I have always found the crowds good natured and knowledgeable
“I am very happy to be joining a good Northants squad in the search for Twenty20 success.”
The deal is still subject to clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board.