Alviro Petersen has signed a two–year deal with Lancashire County Cricket Club with an option to extend to a third year after announcing his retirement from the international game.
The South African batsman, who has county experience with Somerset, Essex and Glamorgan, called time on his international career following South Africa’s victory in the Third Test against the West Indies.
He played in 36 Tests for The Proteas scoring 2,093 runs with five hundreds, including one on debut against India and arrives at Old Trafford as a non-overseas player, subject to receiving official clearance.
Ashley Giles, Lancashire cricket director and head coach, said: “We are delighted to bring a player of Alviro’s calibre.
“His experience at the top of the order, both internationally and domestically, is second to none and he will bring outstanding quality to our batting unit.
“He is a player who is well respected within the game and his experience will be of immense benefit to our younger batsmen.”
Petersen added: “I feel that at 34 it is time for me to retire from international cricket and to move on with my career.
“I am delighted to be joining Lancashire who are a massive club with some outstanding facilities.
“In Ashley Giles they have a top coach who will move the county in the right direction.”
Lancashire were relegated from the top flight of the County Championship last season.