South African batsman Ashwell Prince is to make a return to Old Trafford when he fills in for Kumar Sangakkara as Lancashire's overseas player in the early part of the 2010 season.
Sri Lankan captain Sangakkara will not be available to the Red Rose county until after the ICC World Twenty20 and potentially an Asia Cup so Prince will reprise the role that saw him deputise for VVS Laxman in the 2009 season.
Prince, 32, played six first-class matches in a seven-week period that saw him average 52.60 batting at number three.
“We are fortunate that a world-class batsman like Ashwell is available for the start of the season," Lancashire Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said.
"During his short stay with us last year, he delivered the goods with some outstanding performances and I know he is determined to pick-up where he left off. April and May is jam packed with Championship cricket and it is important we get off to the strongest start possible if we hope to achieve our goals.”
Head Coach Peter Moores added: "Ashwell played an important part in our early success last year with his quality as a player and his ability to perform under pressure. His approach to the game was extremely professional and his enthusiasm to play was a testament to how he conducted himself during his time with us. Ashwell's influence on everyone at the Club was a positive one and it is very exciting that he has agreed to come back and represent the Club again in 2010."
Prince commented: “When Lancashire asked me if I would be interested in returning this season, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. It’s a great club, with excellent facilities and I really enjoyed the camaraderie of the dressing room and the warm reception I received from the supporters.
“I was pleased with my performances for the County last season and will look to play my part in what we all hope will be a successful season for Lancashire.”
Prince also had a spell in county cricket with Nottinghamshire in 2008.
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