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Tahir and Chopra sign for Bears

Imran Tahir and Varun Chopra
Tahir and Chopra are Warwickshire's first signings of the winter

Warwickshire have stepped up their preparations for next season by signing Pakistani leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Essex opening batsman Varun Chopra.

Tahir, 30, who has 382 first-class wickets, will be the Bears' overseas player for 2010.

Chopra, 22, a former captain of the England Under-19 side, has signed a three-year deal at Edgbaston after leaving his home county.

He played 48 first-class and 34 one-day games for Essex.

Tahir, who is also now qualified by marriage to play for South Africa, claimed 96 first-class wickets for Hampshire during two seasons at the Rose Bowl - 44 of those coming in just seven matches in 2008 as he helped them avoid relegation.

He has also had spells with Middlesex and Yorkshire.

Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles said: "Imran brings with him knowledge and experience that will add much to our young developing squad.

"Varun is a skilled young batsman with scope to develop further and we are delighted that he has chosen to commit his future to Warwickshire."

Chopra said: "The combination of joining one of the country's biggest clubs, playing at a Test match ground and working with Ashley Giles was too good an offer to refuse."

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