After his IPL snub, wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara is set to play three Division One County Championship games and a T20 match for Durham.
The Sri Lankan is in advanced contract talks with the county, and his stint will take place directly before his county's tour of England.
Former law student Sangakkara has been one of world cricket's most consistent players, winning Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and People's Choice awards from the International Cricket Council in 2012.
Durham, who won the County Championship last year, lost the traditional season curtain-raiser against a strong M.C.C. side in Abu Dhabi.
They are currently playing their opening Championship fixture against Northampton.
Head coach Jon Lewis told BBC Newcastle: "I'm glad to see that [the deal] come out but I can't confirm."
He added to the Northern Echo: "I can't think of a better player in the world who is not involved in the Indian Premier League."
Sangakkara also had a stint in England with Warwickshire in 2007 and was scheduled to feature for Lancashire in 2010 but never made an appearance.
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