Warwickshire have signed India Test batsman Hanuma Vihari as short-term cover for their delayed main overseas signing Pieter Malan.
The Bears have now turned instead to Vihari, 27, for the early rounds.
But he must go through quarantine and will not feature until next week’s game with Nottinghamshire at the earliest.
Warwickshire director of cricket Paul Farbrace said: “Hanuma will arrive in the UK on Thursday afternoon.
“We hope that this gives time for him to do his six days quarantine and to feature in next week’s game with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, subject to receiving negative Covid tests.
“He’s a high-quality batsman, and an effective off-spinner, who has been part of two India Test series victories in Australia. He comes to Warwickshire with an outstanding record in the first-class game.