Nottinghamshire have signed former Yorkshire bowler Ajmal Shahzad on a three-year contract.

The 27-year-old England fast bowler has taken 155 first-class wickets and took 42 wickets in all competitions while on loan at Lancashire this summer.

In a statement released by Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club this morning, Shahzad said: "As a seam bowler there is no better ground to play at than Trent Bridge.

"Hopefully playing alongside so many England players and performing well for Notts will put me back in the limelight."

Shahzad has played one Test match for England, taking four wickets against Bangladesh in 2010, as well as featuring in 11 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

"I spoke to Ajmal at the back end of the season, he's been aware of our interest for some time and we see him as a major signing for all forms of the game," said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell.

"His white ball record in particular is excellent and will give us some experience to replace Darren Pattinson as well as opening the bowling for us in four-day cricket and providing useful runs from the number eight position.

"He's had some experience of international cricket and we'd like to see him get back to that level through some impressive performances for Notts."