Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik has been re-signed by Middlesex as their overseas player for 2008 after capturing 37 wickets at 25.48 apiece in nine county championship matches this summer.
"We are delighted to have signed Kartik for a further season," John Emburey, Middlesex's director of cricket, said in a statement Thursday.
"He is a world-class bowler who has fitted in well with the team. With the regulations reducing the number of overseas players to one per county next year, it is crucial to sign a proven match-winner and we have done that with Kartik," added the former England off-spinner.
"It is sad to lose Chaminda Vaas who has performed so well for us, but we need a world-class spinner to compete for honours next year. We are committed to winning trophies and Kartik will be an integral part of an improved squad next year."
"It's a brilliant feeling to come back to a place like Middlesex with all its history," Kartik said.
"All the players, staff and supporters have been very gracious in their support towards me and made me and my family feel very wanted. It will be good to have that feeling once again next year."