CEO Matt Rawnsley feels Wayne Parnell’s “big game experience” will be of immense value to Worcestershire during the next three years after he linked up with the County for the 2019 campaign.

Parnell put pen to paper as a Kolpak signing following an initial spell at the club during the second half of last season.

He has been training hard this week with the squad ahead of Friday and the start of a three-day encounter with Cambridge University at Fenners.

Mr Rawnsley said: “Wayne comes with a wealth of experience and we want really good bench strength within the squad. He is a very diverse player who can play all formats of the game.

“His primary role in the team is to bowl but he can also bat in various different places in the order and brings that big game experience that last year saw us through some of those matches.

“To have a commitment from both sides, him and us, for three years is a great asset for us.”

Parnell has been in action in the Afghanistan Premier League, the Sharjah T10 League, the Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League since ending his first spell at Blackfinch New Road.

It is the kind of diverse experience that Mr Rawnsley would welcome for any of the County squad as part of their cricketing education.

He said: “We are also very keen for Wayne to continue to get his off-season experiences in the various competitions like the Pakistan Super League and others around the world.

“It means he stays fresh and up to date with the technical advances within the game and, whenever we can give experience to our players in different areas of the world, it is great for us they go away and learn and come back with the benefits from playing in them.”