The Hobart Hurricanes have bolstered their squad ahead of this year's Big Bash League with the signing of former England allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Mascarenhas, who joined the Melbourne Stars late in last year's tournament, is considered a Twenty20 specialist - having won T20 titles with English county Hampshire, New Zealand's Otago and Indian team the Rajasthan Royals.

The 35-year-old played the last of his 14 international T20s in 2009, but Hurricanes' cricket operations general manager Andrew Dykes remained excited by his arrival.

"We are very fortunate to secure Dimitri's signature," Dykes said in a statement.

"There were a lot of teams that expressed serious interest in signing Dimi, and were very happy that he chose to come to Blundstone Arena."

Because the Perth-born Mascarenhas has an Australian passport and has not played international cricket for four years, he will play for the Hurricanes on a domestic passport.