London:Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman has signed up to play for Lancashire in 2009, the English county side announced on Wednesday.
The move, which still requires approval by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, will see the player arrive in England after his Indian Premier League participation and stay for the rest of the season.
A previous four-week stint with the county in 2007 yielded 541 runs in eight matches, averaging 54.28 in first-class cricket.
Currently representing his country in the Test series against Australia, Laxman said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay with Lancashire in 2007, and I am thrilled to be returning to Old Trafford next year.
"Next year I hope to play a significant role in leading Lancashire to Championship success."
Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's cricket manager, added: "It gives me great pleasure to secure the services of this extremely talented batsman for next season.
"He will bring star quality to our batting line-up for both championship and One-day cricket, and his wealth of experience is perfect for our younger batsman to learn from and develop around.
"His contributions both on and off the field during his short stay in 2007 were outstanding and left a lasting impact on the players. We all look forward to welcoming VVS and his family back to Old Trafford next season."