Discarded England [ Images ] batting all-rounder Paul Collingwood [ Images ] has signed with Perth Scorchers to play in Australia's [ Images ] revamped domestic Twenty20 [ Images ] competition, the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA [ Images ]) said on Tuesday.
Collingwood, 35, the only England captain to hoist a major international trophy when he led the side to victory at the Twenty20 World Cup last year, was dumped from his country's limited-overs squads for the current series against Sri Lanka [ Images ].
"I stated last week that overseas recruits need to bring outstanding qualities and Paul Collingwood is another who offers so much to our set-up," Scorchers head coach Mickey Arthur said on WACA's website (www.waca.com.au).
Collingwood's signing follows the Scorchers' recruitment of former South Africa [ Images ] batsman Herschelle Gibbs [ Images ] and Australia batsman Mike Hussey [ Images ] for the eight-team "Big Bash" tournament, Australia's answer to the Indian Premier League [ Images ] (IPL).
A host of other international players have signed up since the contracting period opened on Thursday, including hard-hitting West Indies [ Images ] batsman Chris Gayle [ Images ], who will pad up for Sydney [ Images ] Thunder.
The tournament is due to start on December 16.