West Indies legends - Brian Lara
Surrey are lining up a bid to tempt West Indies batting great Brian Lara out of retirement with the offer of a contract to play Twenty20 cricket.
Lara, 40, has been in the nets at The Oval this week and has begun talks with Surrey's cricket manager Chris Adams and chief executive Paul Sheldon.
"We have been in discussion with Brian regarding his possible involvement with the club," said Surrey in a statement.
"However, we have no further comment to make at this stage."
The former West Indies captain, who has not played competitive cricket for two years, is famous for holding two of the most significant batting records in cricket.
His knock of 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004 is the highest score in Test history, surpassing Matthew Hayden's 380 for Australia against Zimbabwe in Perth in October 2003.
Lara had already broken fellow countryman Sir Garfield Sobers' 36-year-long record of 365 not out with a knock of 375, also against England in Antigua in 1994.
He also holds the record for the highest score in first-class cricket history, with an astonishing 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994.
That season he averaged 89.82, scored 2066 runs, and struck nine centuries as the Bears secured a domestic trophy treble, winning the County Championship, Sunday League and Benson & Hedges Cup and losing in the final of the Natwest Trophy.
Lara was last seen on the big stage in 2007 at the World Cup
He was less successful when he rejoined Warwickshire as captain in 1998, scoring about half the runs of his first season.
Lara's Test run-total of 11,953 is bettered only by India's Sachin Tendulkar, who has batted in 39 more innings and is showing no sign of slowing down or retiring.
Surrey already have Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds registered for the domestic English Twenty20 competition, and - depending on his commitments for his country - Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla may also be available.
But rules permit counties to enlist four overseas players in all for the tournament, with a maximum of two featuring in a single game.
The competition gets under way on 8 June.
If Lara were to make a successful outing for Surrey this summer, it could lead to offers from the Indian Premier League, should the Trinidadian superstar have his eyes on that competition.
Lara's only previous experience of the short form of the game came in the rebel Indian Cricket League two years ago, when he captained the Mumbai Champs.