Lancashire have signed Australian Simon Katich and West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul after confirming that they will miss out on the services of Kumar Sangakkara this summer.
Sangakkara was signed as their overseas player but commitments with Sri Lanka mean he will not be playing and Katich and Chanderpaul will take on overseas-player duties in his absence.
South African Ashwell Prince is currently enjoying his second spell at the club as a short-term overseas player while Katich will join in June ahead of the Friends Provident t20 and after he departs to join up with Australia's squad to play Pakistan, former Durham player Chanderpaul will arrive in July ready for the conclusion of the LV= County Championship.
Katich, a veteran of 50 Tests, 44 One-Day Internationals, averages 54 in first-class cricket, and he is looking forward to arriving at Old Trafford.
“I’m really excited to be going to a big club like Lancashire and am looking forward to the opportunity it presents. They’ve got a great squad of guys with youth and experience so I couldn’t be happier. I love playing the Twenty20 game so hopefully I can assist Lancs in a successful campaign.”
Chanderpaul, who has played 123 Test matches and averages 58 in Championship cricket, added:
“I was very excited when Lancashire approached me with this opportunity. After having such a great association with Durham, I feel ready for a fresh challenge at Old Trafford. I look forward to joining the squad in July and contributing to the team's success.”
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