India all-rounder Axar Patel is to join Durham for the final six Specsavers County Championship fixtures of the new season, the club have announced.
The 24-year-old, who has made 38 one-day international appearances for his country and a further 11 in Twenty20s, will arrive at Chester-le-Street in August ahead of clashes with Glamorgan, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Middlesex, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.
A club statement said: "Durham County Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Indian star Axar Patel will join the club for the final six Specsavers County Championship fixtures of the 2018 season.
"The international spinner has enjoyed success in first-class cricket for state side Gujarat and is a key part of India's T20I and ODI squads, as well as the King's XI Punjab's IPL side."
Patel has 79 first-class wickets and an unbeaten century to his name in 23 matches and currently sits in 14th place in the ICC's ODI bowling rankings.