Lancashire have announced the signing of West Indian fast bowler Daren Powell on a two-year contract, handing him a third spell in county cricket after he appeared for Hampshire in 2007 and Derbyshire in 2004.
Jamaican Powell, who has taken 85 Test and 71 One-Day International wickets, joins the club as a non-English qualified (Kolpak) cricketer subject to a visa application and registration.
LCCC Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said: “Daren is a strike bowler of international quality, who will add strength and depth to our bowling attack. Last season, we were exposed when key bowlers sustained lengthy injuries all at the same time. And with Saj (Mahmood) pushing for England honours next season and Jimmy (Anderson) on a central contract, it was important we added experience to our bowling ranks during the winter.”
Head Coach Peter Moores added: “Daren is a talented bowler with genuine pace, who will compliment our existing bowling unit. Next season we will be playing a lot of cricket, even more than this season, so we needed to strengthen our bowling options to ensure we remain not only competitive, but are challenging for silverware."
Powell himself said: “I’m very excited to be joining Lancashire; they are a big club and from what I hear, have big ambitions. I did have other county opportunities but I’ve always enjoyed playing at Old Trafford and believe I can make a real contribution to the team over the next couple of years.”
Powell's last Test came in March 2009 against England in Port of Spain, as he helped the West Indies secure a 1-0 series win with his late-order, defiant batting skills proving more effective than his bowling and after playing the first ODI against England he has yet to represent the West Indies again.
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