Lancashire have signed Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

He played for Somerset last season and has since appeared for Karachi Kings and Central Stags in Pakistan and New Zealand’s T20 competitions.

The 39-year-old helped Sri Lanka win the 2014 World T20 and has scored 5,455 runs in the game’s shortest format.

Glen Chapple, Lancashire’s head coach, said: “Mahela is a truly world-class batsman who scores runs all around the wicket.

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He’s a true competitor and a winner too, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring him into our squad for the NatWest T20 Blast later this summer.

“He is a legend of the game and is one of the greatest batsman to have played cricket in the modern era. It will be a fantastic opportunity for our young players to learn off him.”

Jayawardene said: “I haven’t won the NatWest T20 Blast in my career and it’s a trophy I’d love to experience success in this summer.”

He has played in 149 Tests, scoring nearly 12,000 runs at an average of just below 50, whilst he has made 448 ODI appearances as well as 55 IT20 matches.