Windies Test specialist and former skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul signed a fresh deal with the Old Trafford based County Cricket Club Lancashire for the 2018 edition.
However, Chanderpaul expressed satisfaction to be the part of county cricket and has aimed to continue his rich form for his England-based club.
“I’m very excited to return to Lancashire for the 2018 season having thoroughly enjoyed last year’s campaign,” Chanderpaul was quoted in a media release by Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The Lancashire administration was delighted to avail the services of the batting mainstay Chanderpaul.
“The Club is extremely ambitious and there is a group of hugely talented young cricketers in the squad,” Chanderpaul added.
It’s pertinent to mention that, the 43-year-old Chanderpaul opted for a one-year contract.
The Guyana-born batsman Chanderpaul wants to impart the knowledge among his junior teammates in a bid to make out of his experience.
“Hopefully I can continue to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to them,” Chanderpaul maintained.
In 2016 Specsavers County Championship, the left-handed batsman Chanderpaul amassed 819 runs at an average of little over 50
The batting veteran Chanderpaul smashed a hundred against Warwickshire, Yorkshire followed by Surrey.
Since lifting the coveted domestic professional title in 2011, Lancashire side was listed second best on points table in the Division One competition.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing my part both on the field scoring as many runs as possible, but also as a mentor to some of our younger players,” Chanderpaul further added.
Interestingly, between 1994 and 2015, Chanderpaul registered 30 Test hundreds which further saw him smashing 76 hundred in 370 first-class matches which are further spread over 602 innings.
Chanderpaul also struck 139 half-centuries which show how the Caribbean star has had enjoyed the game gentleman’s game.
“The 2018 season is going to be another exciting one for Lancashire Cricket and hopefully we can have some more success in all competitions under the leadership of Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton,” Chanderpaul concluded.
So much so, in 2012, Chanderpaul scored around 700 runs in eight matches for the Emirates club which left a significant impact on the team.
Chanderpaul, who is listed at seventh in the all-time leading run scorers, scored 11,867 runs in 164 Tests at an average of 51.37.
Moreover, the Lancashire chief coach Glen Chapple has lauded the efforts of Chanderpaul with the bat while adding his addition will boost the morale of the Red Rose for the next season.
“I’m really pleased Shiv will be back next season. He has been fantastic both on and off the field for us this season and his appetite to score runs is as high as it’s ever been so we’re delighted he’s returning in 2018,” Chapple asserted.
While concluding Chapple remarked Chanderpaul has been a huge asset for the side and has backed the youngsters in the change room, as he revealed his experience would play an imperative role for Lancashire in the Division One.
“He brings a vast amount of experience to our young and exciting batting line-up,” Chapple concluded.
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Chanderpaul also played 268 One-day Internationals for Windies and 22 Twenty20 Internationals.