North Kildare have signed Indian batsman Kaustub Pawar for the 2021 season.

The former Mumbai Indians batsman has extensive experience of UK conditions and is a real coup for the Leinster club.

Pawar is an opening batsman and medium-pacer who’s played 33 first-class matches for the Mumbai between 2011 and 2016, scoring 1,629 runs at 30.73, with six fifties and five hundreds.

His most recent century came against the touring New Zealanders in 2016, an attack that featured quicks’ Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, and Doug Bracewell, alongside the spin trio of Mitch Santner, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi.

In five stints in UK league cricket “KP” has been a prolific run-scorer, hitting 5,519 runs at 56.32 and has taken his share of wickets too, bowling right-arm medium pace.

He spent two seasons with Northern Premier League side Barrow, and also two years with Greenmount, whom he helped to promotion in the Greater Manchester Cricket League (Division 1) in his opening season, where he topped the run charts with 1136 runs at 87.38.

“We are delighted to welcome KP to North Kildare to build on our 2019 league title win," North Kildare spokesperson Andy Hirst told www.cricx.com.

(Kaustab Pawar. Photo www.cricx.com)

"His experience and playing record are truly impressive with a solid track record as a professional cricketer of the highest calibre.

"We have some great young players coming through the club and KP’s experience as a coach and top player will be a great asset in developing our younger players.

"After four league and two cup wins we know next season will be a tougher challenge for all four men’s and the two women’s sides and we have a strong programme in place to support all our teams.

"KP is the first piece of that puzzle and we are excited to have him with us as a first-team player, club coach, and mentor."