HIMLEY have strengthened their team with the addition of Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare.

Tare, 30, currently skippers Indian powerhouse Mumbai in Ranji Trophy cricket and should be available to play in the UK by the end of the month.

A Mumbai stalwart, Tare has spent his entire career with the State, playing alongside some of the biggest names in the game.

Since his domestic debut in 2008, Tare has played over 180 matches across the three formats, to include eight seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.

He boasts an impressive record, compiling neigh on 6,000 runs with seven centuries and a highest score of 222. During his career, Tare has also been on the national radar, featuring for West Zone and India A on several occasions.

He now links up with Himley as they look to mount a promotion push from Division One of the Birmingham and District League.

The move for Tare comes after the club lost Sri Lankan Nipun Karunanayake after his return to Himley for the season was halted due to his involvement with Sri Lanka A tours.

Himley skipper Greg Wright said: "We are gutted to lose Nipun and hopefulyl it's not the last we see of him.

"It was disappointing but we put the feelers out and were able to bring Aditya in reletively quickly.

"There is still some work to be done to get him over here but hopefully everything has worked out okay.

"He's the captain of Mumbai so he has the right pedigree."