Durham Announce Chanderpaul Signing

Durham CCC is pleased to announce the signing of West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the rest of the 2007 season. Chanderpaul, who has been a fixture in the West Indian team for over 10 years, was named man of the series following a number of phenomenal performances against England on the recent tour. Chanderpaul is due to join the squad on Saturday, to replace Scott Styris on the overseas quota, in time to feature against Surrey Brown Caps this Sunday (29 July) in the NatWest Pro40 match at Guildford, and will be available until the Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa this September. Chanderpaul’s reputation as one of the finest batsman in world cricket is backed up by his statistics; Test average of 46, over 14,500 First Class runs at an average of 52 and an average of 154 in all forms of cricket against England this summer, spending over 35 hours at the crease. Durham County Cricket Club’s head Coach Geoff Cook said, “Signing a player of Shiv’s class is a statement of our intent for the rest of the season. He is in exceptional form at the moment and will provide valuable middle order runs while demonstrating what it takes to be a world class batsman to some of our younger players. “With a number of important games and obviously the Lord’s final on the horizon, adding Shiv to the squad will give us extra batting options as we strive to make this Durham’s most successful season.” Squad: Michael Di Venuto, Phil Mustard, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kyle Coetzer, Dale Benkenstein, Gordon Muchall, Garry Park, Gareth Breese, Ottis Gibson, Liam Plunkett, Neil Killeen, Mark Davies © Durham CCC
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