Cricket Wellington chief executive Gavin Larsen has confirmed Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, international cricket's most prolific wicket-taker, will play for the province in New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 competition next season.
The 39-year-old Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after last month's World Cup final, said he had promised former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming he would someday play for Wellington.
Larsen said Muralitharan was "a superb cricketer" and his signing was "a tremendous boost" to Wellington. Muralitharan retired with 800 test wickets and 534 in ODIs.
In a statement, Muralitharan said New Zealand was "a fantastic country to tour and play cricket in."