Indian Premier League 2010 March 12, 2010

Kings XI Punjab sign on Rusty Theron

Cricinfo staff

Juan 'Rusty' Theron, the South African fast bowler, has signed up with Kings XI Punjab for the third season of the IPL. The right-arm seamer was in top form in the MTN40 domestic one-day series, leading the Warriors to the title with a tournament-high 21 wickets at 18.80, and backed that up with a solid Pro20 series.

Theron, 24, hasn't played internationals yet, but was named in South Africa's preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean starting April 30. He will fly out to India to join his Punjab team-mates after taking part in Friday's Pro20 final against Lions, who also have IPL-bound players in Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher.

Punjab need fast-bowling cover since two of their overseas quicks, Australian Brett Lee and West Indian Jerome Taylor, are injured, with Taylor out for the entire season. Their bowling depth is depleted further by the fitness concerns of Indian allrounder Irfan Pathan.