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Middlesex Panthers have confirmed the signing of South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren for their 2011 Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup campaign.
McLaren joins Australian batsman Chris Rogers as Middlesex’s second overseas player for the competition, with three of their home fixtures to be played at Lord’s.
The 28-year-old will be available for all Middlesex’s group fixtures, as well as the knock-out rounds - should the county make it that far.
Tickets are available now for Middlesex’s FP T20 Cup matches against Surrey, Essex and Sussex at the Home of Cricket.
Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said he is looking forward to working with McClaren.
He said: "We 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 ICC 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."
McLaren has represented South Africa in all three formats of the game, with his last appearance in a T20 fixture against Zimbabwe last October.
He also has county cricket experience with Kent and represented Mumbai Indians during their 2009 and 2010 Indian Premier League campaign’s.
McLaren has spent the winter playing domestic cricket in South Africa and spoke of his delight at the prospect of representing Middlesex.
He said: "I am thrilled to be joining the Middlesex Panthers for their 2011 T20 campaign and am excited about making Lord’s my home during the summer.
"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 T20 campaign."