Dane Vilas, Shivnarine Chanderpaul join Lancashire

Shivnarine Chanderpaul played 21 years for West Indies
Shivnarine Chanderpaul played 21 years for West Indies

Lancashire have acquired the services of South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Dane Vilas and former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the upcoming season.

Chanderpaul, 42, has played over 350 international games for West Indies between 1994 and 2015 and has an average of over 50 in the longer format of the game. He has also played eight first-class games for Lancashire previously in 2010.

The 31-year-old Vilas is the latest to join an English county club on Kolpak deal after his former team-mates Kyle Abbott (Hampshire), Hardus Viljoen (Derbyshire), Simon Harmer (Essex), Rilee Rossouw (Hampshire) and David Wiese and Stiaan van Zyl (Sussex).

Having played six Tests and a solitary Twenty20 International for the Proteas, he was dropped out of contention after the selectors preferred Quinton de Kock as their front line wicket-keeper.

Head coach Glen Chapple believes the experience of Chanderpaul, who has played 355 first-class games and 410 List A games will be a big boost to the side.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring Shivnarine back to Lancashire," he said. "He knows what it takes to be successful and there is no doubt that he will have a positive effect on our squad.

"The talented squad at Lancashire is very young and Shivnarine will bring a healthy level of experience to help guide them.

"While Shivnarine will undoubtedly have an important role to play on the field, his role off the field will be of huge importance to our young players.

"He's one of the most experienced international cricketers in the history of the game and it will be a fantastic opportunity for our players to learn from him, in all aspects of the game."

Vilas has penned a two-year deal with the club while Chanderpaul has joined them on a one-year contract.

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