South Africa seam bowler Makhaya Ntini could be the next big international star to sign for Middlesex for the 2010 season - joining Adam Gilchrist and perhaps Sachin Tendulkar.Ntini recently collected his 101st South Africa Test cap in the series against England. The talented paceman has taken 390 wickets in his 101 Tests.
However, he was dropped for the third Test of the series in Cape Town and speaking5 Jan to BBC's Test Match Special, Middlesex captain Shaun Udal said:
"We have been made aware that if this series did not go particularly well then he had expressed an interest in playing county cricket.
"We were asked would we be interested and we said 'absolutely'. I think he's made himself available to two or three places but he's chosen, if anything happens, and it is still a big if, that he would like to come and play at Lord's.
"He's got a fantastic record. He's taken more Test wickets than any other seamer in the last decade. The next call is his. We'd be delighted to sign him."
Ntini has some truly remarkable career statistics. He has taken ten wickets in a match an impressive four times and is one of only ten overseas players to achieve the feat in a Test at Lord's (in 2003).
Ntini will be joining an international cast at Middlesex - one which may improve even further.
Already signed up for the county's Twenty20 matches at Lord's (as well as matches against Bangladeshis and Australians) is Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist.
Ntini could sign as a Kolpak player - which would make him available for all Middlesex's matches.
The Panthers are also hoping to tempt India's Sachin Tendulkar to Lord's too. Udal added:
"Sachin would love to come. He has a house just round the corner from Lord's in St John's Wood and to have two of the world's great cricketers would be great for our youngsters."