Kartik joins Middlesex for 2007

Middlesex have completed the signing of Murali Kartik, the India left-arm spinner, as their second overseas player for 2007. Kartik, 30, will join Chaminda Vaas at Lord's as Middlesex look to recover from their disastrous season in 2006.

"Kartik is a hugely exciting signing for the club," Vinny Codrington, Middlesex's chief executive, told the club's website. "Over the past few seasons, we have lacked an international-class spinner and are delighted to have addressed that with Kartik.

"He is a popular signing with our players and I am sure he will quickly become a favourite with our supporters."

Kartik represented Lancashire in 2005, becoming the first overseas player representing the club to take ten wickets on debut. He also made a brief appearance in 2006. Subject to international call-ups, Kartik will be available for Middlesex for the entire 2007 season.