DERBYSHIRE have agreed terms with Indian test star Cheteshwar Pujara to join the county as their overseas player for the final run in of the 2014 LV= County Championship season.
Subject to final approvals and completion of paperwork, Pujara is set to return to England where he will gain valuable experience of English county cricket competing in the final four weeks of the Championship season.
Pujara has played 24 Test matches for India, scoring 1,872 runs at an average of 49.26 and a highest score of 206.
The 26-year-old has a first-class average of 58, hitting 8,077 runs in 98 matches with a top score of 352.
In July this year, he scored 81 in the Indian tourist match against Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground.
Derbyshire head coach Graeme Welch said: "We're an ambitious team and have an exciting group of players who are developing fast.
"Pujara joining us at this stage of the season is a real boost for the lads and the remaining Championship matches we have will give him exactly the experience he is looking for.
"With Shiv (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) now back in the West Indies and Marcus North focusing on our one-day campaign, Pujara will bring an added dimension as we look to finish our Championship season strongly."
Chief executive, Simon Storey said: "We've been focused on delivering a long-term legacy from the visit of the Indian tourist side to Derby in July, including the creation of our Cricket Derbyshire India Club."
Pujara will remain in India while the paperwork is tied up and is expected to join at the beginning of September.