Mahela Jayawardene Signs With Lancashire Lightning For NatWest Twenty20 Blast
England’s Lancashire County Cricket Club has announced former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene as the non-overseas player for the upcoming NatWest Twenty20 Blast for its franchise Lancashire Lightning.
“Mahela [Jayawardene] is a truly world class batsman who scores runs all around the wicket. He’s a true competitor and a winner too, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring him into our squad for the NatWest T20 Blast later this summer,” Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple was quoted by Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The Lancashire Lightning club has expressed a delight over the signing of an experienced campaigner Jayawardene, who is expected to join the squad in July and would remain available for the complete competition.
“He is a legend of the game and is one of the greatest batsman to have played cricket in the modern era. It will be a fantastic opportunity for our young players to learn off him and for our fans to watch one of the game’s greats,” Chapple said.
The 39-year-old Jayawardene has enough experience on his back to give his best shot in the short-paced league. The prolific batsman retired from international cricket in 2015, before participating in the lucrative leagues of the Twenty20 competition across the globe.
“I’m very excited about joining Lancashire Lightning for the NatWest T20 Blast this summer. Lancashire is a huge county with a fine history in the game,” Jayawardene remarked.
The Colombo-born Jayawardene has been part of Sussex followed by Somerset county club in the NatWest T20 Blast.
“There is a young group of players at the Club and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to working with them and to be part of the T20 campaign this summer,” Jayawardene asserted.
Interestingly, Lancashire will face-off Leicestershire Foxes on July 9 at Old Trafford in their home game. as Jayawardene has further wished to win a NatWest T20 Blast trophy for his English county side.
“I haven’t won the NatWest T20 Blast in my career and it’s a trophy I’d love to experience success in this summer with Lancashire Lightning.” Jayawardene concluded.
Jayawardene, who is currently playing the role of Head Coach for Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians, which has already qualified for playoff stage, played 448 One-day Internationals followed by 149 Tests and 55 T20Is for Sri Lanka, as he has been regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket.
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