Rahul Dravid has decided not to return for a second season with Scotland, and will instead take a break from the game following his two high-profile series against Australia and Pakistan.
"Dravid was keen to come back," Scotland's captain, Craig Wright, told BBC Sport, "but felt with the number of games he has played, he could not commit to us. His deal was for one year and he was our first-choice to sign again, but he feels he needs a break."
Scotland hope to attract a couple of new signings before the start of the county season, but have not settled on any particular names. "We seem to be crossing off people on a regular basis," said Wright, "but we're pretty confident we'll have something tied up in the next week or two."
One option would be the South African allrounder Jon Kent, who scored 469 runs and took nine wickets in their National League campaign in 2003, and already intends to return to Scotland to play club cricket this season.