Ireland international Paul Stirling will link up with Bangladesh Premier League franchise Khulna Titans for the 2019 BPL T20 tournament.

The Khulna Titans franchise was launched in 2016 to replace the Khulna Royal Bengals, who Stirling’s agent Niall O’Brien played for back in 2012.

Stirling, who recently returned from stints in the T10 League in Sharjah and the Everest T20 Premier League in Nepal, will join his new team-mates in time for the first match on 5 January.

"I was delighted to hear that the Khulna Titans were interested in me and jumped at the opportunity," said the batsman.

"Apart from being a great tournament to be part of, I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with coach Mahela Jayawardene – one of the greatest Sri Lankan batsman of the last 20 years.

"The squad has made the play-offs for two years running, and features world-class players I’ve played alongside or against over the last 10 years, including Dawid Malan who I play under at Middlesex."

"The rise of T20 tournaments around the world has really added a new dimension to the international cricket circuit. The chance to play and train with - and learn from - some of the best in our sport is an experience I do not take lightly."