Tuesday 23 October 2007 

Derbyshire Announce Capture Of Jayawardene

Derbyshire have continued their close season activity with the announcement that Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will spend three months with the club as an overseas player for the 2008 season.

Jayawardene, 30, will play for the Derby-based side from April until July, with the county hoping to benefit from his massive experience and undoubted talent. He boasts a test average of 49.84 with a best of 374 and has captained the Sri Lanka side to a World Cup final.

Derbyshire Head of Cricket John Morris said: “With everything that has happened over the last three or four weeks in terms of players coming to the club, it is even more exciting to think that we have been able to attract a current international Captain with the standing on the game of Mahela Jayawardene.

“I knew that he was the right player after I had spoken to him and I could tell that he has the desire to play county cricket and contribute both experience and flair to Derbyshire’s batting line-up.”

Derbyshire Chairman Don Amott said: “Signing such a world-class player and current international Captain is a massive boost for the club ahead of the 2008 season.

“I can’t wait to see Mahela – as well as the likes of Rikki Clarke, Nayan Doshi, John Sadler and Wavell Hinds - in action in a Derbyshire shirt and I am sure the members and supporters share my excitement.”

No decision on the replacement overseas player for the remainder of the season has yet been made.