Veteran South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock confirmed he has signed with an Indian cricket league and looked forward to playing a key role in the Twenty20 competition.
"I confirm I have signed for the Indian Premier League since it's recognised by Cricket South Africa and I look forward to playing in the league," he said.
Pollock joins teammates Graeme Smith, Ashwell Prince, A.B. de Villiers and Albie Morkel who have signed with the IPL, a Twenty20 competition scheduled to be launched next April by Indian cricket officials.
The IPL -- sanctioned by the International Cricket Council -- has been set to rival the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), which is being bankrolled by India's largest media group.
Offering three million dollars in prize money, the IPL will feature eight franchises participating in a 56-game season.
Pollock was also offered a deal with the rebel ICL, which he declined.
The 34-year-old played his first game on South Africa's tour of Pakistan on Tuesday, scoring an unbeaten 33 during the Protea's 176-run win over a Patron's XI.
Pollock also conceded 38 runs in his five overs in the warm-up match.
He was dropped for the first time in his Test career for the two-Test series here which South Africa won 1-0 last week.
Coach Mickey Arthur backed Pollock for the five-match one-day series against Pakistan starting here from Thursday.
"I am not worried about Polly's form. Polly gets our full support and backing," Arthur said Tuesday.