Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Sri  Lanka international Seekkuge Prasanna.

The 30-year-old leg-spinner and hard-hitting batsman is available for the entire  NatWest T20 Blast campaign with the Steelbacks – starting with the trip to Grace  Road to play Leicestershire on May 20.

He may also appear for Northamptonshire in other competitions during 2016.

Seekkuge has represented his country in one Test match, 25 One-Day Internationals and six T20 international games to date – after making his mark in  the Sri Lankan Army side back in 2006.

He toured England with Sri Lanka’s ‘A’ side in the summer of 2011 – and made  headlines with a devastating 6-23 burst (after taking the new ball) to sink the  England Lions at Worcester.  His victims that day included Alex Hales, Joe Root,  Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow!

On the strength of that performance he was selected for the full national side in  an ODI series against Australia, and accounted for Shaun Marsh, former County  skipper Mike Hussey (first ball) and David Hussey on debut.

He returned to England with Sri Lanka ‘A’ in 2014 and was involved in the Tri- Nations one-day series against the Lions and New Zealand ‘A.’

In all T20 cricket Seekkuge has scored 768 runs at an impressive strike-rate of  169.53 and has claimed 54 wickets with an economy rate of 6.82 runs per over.

“We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Seekkuge for the coming  season,” commented Northamptonshire’s head coach David Ripley.

“He’s an exciting cricketer with plenty of experience and good stats, and having  him for the whole NatWest T20 Blast campaign is obviously a big plus for us.”

“There’s a chance we may also see him in other formats during the summer.”