West Indies quick Miguel Cummins has signed a three-year Kolpak deal with Middlesex. He is the latest West Indian to strike a Kolpak deal, following the route of Fidel Edwards (Hampshire) and Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire).
Cummins had a brief stint with Middlesex last month where he took eight wickets in three Championship games.
The 29-year-old previously played under Middlesex head coach Stuart Law when he was serving in similar capacity with West Indies.
"Stuart Law recommended that we get Miguel over, to have a look at him, on the back of the time he had spent with him whilst coaching the West Indies," Middlesex's director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said.
"I had watched Miguel on video, but it is often only when you see someone play live that you get a true reflection of their capabilities. I was immediately impressed by Miguel.
"He has control, is able to move the ball away from a right-handed batsman and, I believe, the ability to bowl fast, aggressive spells when conditions dictate. During the recent spell he spent with Middlesex he fit in really well and will be a popular member of our squad."
Dawid Malan has announced that he will be stepping down as Middlesex captain after serving two years in the role.
The main reason for Malan’s stepping down was Middlesex’s disappointing end to the season which saw them finishing at 8th position in the second division.
"Dawid has thrown his heart and soul into the role of club captain for the past two years, and on behalf of Middlesex Cricket, I would like to thank him for that," Fraser said on Malan’s decision.
"He has also shown great pride and dignity in the way he has handled a difficult season and he leaves the role knowing he has given it all he can. As a batsman the captaincy seems to have got the best out of him and he has had an excellent season. He has been our best player in testing batting conditions.
"That things have not worked out as we hoped is disappointing for everyone involved and we must take the responsibility for that. Personally, I would like to thank Dawid for his commitment to the role and his desire to take the club forward. We must now turn our attention to finding a suitable replacement to take this great club forward."