MANCHESTER: Former West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a new contract with Lancashire at the age of 43, the club said on Friday.
The Guyanese left-hander, struck 819 runs at an average of over 50 in last year’s County Championship, including three centuries as Lancashire finished second in Division One, the club’s highest position since the 2011 title triumph.
“The Club is extremely ambitious and there is a group of hugely talented young cricketers in the squad. 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,” he said.
“Hopefully I can continue to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to them,” Chanderpaul told the club’s official website.
Chanderpaul, who previously played with Durham, Warwickshire and Derbyshire, as well as enjoying an earlier spell with Lancashire in 2010, retired from international cricket in 2016 with an average of 51.37. His total of 11,867 test runs is the seventh highest of all-time.
📝 BREAKING: We’re delighted to announce that Shiv Chanderpaul will return to @LancsCCC for the 2018 season. 🌹
— Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) November 3, 2017
Chanderpaul added, “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.
Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple commented, “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.
“He brings a vast amount of experience to our young and exciting batting line-up. The influence he has in the changing room is fantastic. He’s a class act and showed that last year with the three centuries he hit.”