The West Indian left-arm seamer steps into the breach to fill the void left by South African cricket’s greatest black player who turned his back on the chance to join Middlesex last week.
The lateness of Ntini’s U-turn in favour of a second tier central contract left Middlesex apparently a bowler short.
However, Collins a man with over 100 Test wickets and with County Championship experience, most recently with Surrey has linked up with Fraser and company and will arrive by mid-April.
Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said of his last piece of the jigsaw puzzle for the 2010 season: Pedro Collins is a pretty good substitute to bring in this moment in time.
"He has a pretty good fitness record. He’s had a good winter in the West Indies in their domestic competition where he’s taken around 26 wickets at 17 or 18 apiece and we’re going to get him over as quick as we can.
"He will add variety to our already strong attack."
The loss of Ntini however, is bound to hurt as losing out on any international cricketer with over 300 is bound to do.
For Fraser, for whom this was his first full winter in the Middlesex hot seat its been a salutoty lesson in just how touch a job recruitment is in the modern game game.
He added: "There was a time when only two international sides would be playing in the middle of June – England and their opponents.
"But the game is different now and there are seven or eight Test nations playing at that time now, so it’s hard to tie players down.
"You spend a lot of your winter talking to agents seeking reassurance that the players you’re after are actually going to appear, and I think we are all going to have to get used to the fact we are going to spend a lot of time and emotion on deals that don’t come through."