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Lancashire sign Chanderpaul and Vilas

Lancashire sign Chanderpaul and Vilas

Lancashire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signings of former West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Dane Vilas.

The departure of two senior experienced batsmen in the form of Ashwell Prince and Alviro Petersen in recent seasons, along with the early retirement of Club legend Tom Smith has seen Head Coach Glen Chapple prioritise strengthening Lancashire’s batting unit heading into the 2017 season.

The Club’s new experienced signings will complement a young and talented group of players at Emirates Old Trafford, of whom four made their First Class debuts in 2016. Liam Livingstone (23) and Rob Jones (21) both went on to hit maiden first class centuries, whilst Matthew Parkinson (20) took a five-for on debut against Warwickshire and Saqib Mahmood (19), who made his first class debut against Hampshire, has also featured for in the NatWest T20 Blast on several occasions in 2016.

Chanderpaul returns to Emirates Old Trafford having joined Lancashire in the 2010 season where he played eight First Class matches for the Red Rose hitting two centuries and five half centuries. The 42 year-old has scored over 20,000 runs, including 30 Test centuries, in international cricket for the West Indies with only Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis having played more Tests than Chanderpaul, who joins Lancashire on a one-year non-overseas contract.

Lancashire CCC player Shivnarine Chanderpaul.JPG

Chapple, commenting on the new signings said, “We’re delighted to bring two experienced international batsmen into the Club ahead of the new season. Shivnarine and Dane will form an important part of our side in 2017 and we look forward to welcoming them to Emirates Old Trafford.”

On the signing of Chanderpaul, Chapple added, “We’re thrilled to be able to bring Shivnarine back to Lancashire for the 2017 season. 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.

“Whilst 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.”

Chapple, who signed a new three-year deal as Lancashire Head Coach earlier this month, resides over a squad including Haseeb Hameed who became the first ever 19 year-old to open the batting for England in the recent Test series against India, whilst Livingstone and Mahmood both received England Lions call recognition during 2016. Matthew Parkinson linked up with the England squad to help the Three Lions prepare against Pakistan and Rob Jones has also continued to shine scoring a century this week in grade cricket in Australia.

Vilas made his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh in August 2015 and most recently appeared as a late replacement for Quinton de Kock in the Test series against England in January 2016.

The 31 year-old has played in 96 First Class matches and has scored 7,580 runs at an average of nearly 40. He has 12 four-day centuries to his name including a top score of 216 not out for Cape Cobras. Vilas has signed a two-year non-overseas contract and will join up with Lancashire in March.

Chapple said, “Signing a player of Dane’s undoubted calibre and experience is a great boost as we continue our preparations ahead of the new season. He has an excellent record in First Class cricket and is a very good wicket keeper.

Lancashire's Dane Vilas in the nets with South Africa.jpg

"Dane’s aggressive batting style will see him as an important part of our T20 and one-day sides in 2017, as well as four day cricket."

Both players will add significant experience to the Lancashire squad, of which 19 players have come through the Club’s system. The Club’s Academy, recently audited by the ECB, was ranked second, only to Durham, for producing young home-grown players who went on to make appearances for the Club in the Specsavers County Championship in 2016 and evidences the Club’s ongoing commitment to developing young players to go on and play for England.

Chanderpaul commented, “I can’t wait to return back to Lancashire this summer. I thoroughly enjoyed playing for the Club in 2010 and I’m looking forward to joining up with the team ahead of the start to the season.

“It’s an extremely ambitious Club and there are some fantastically talented young cricketers in the squad. I’m looking forward to passing on some of my experience to the younger players in the squad. The 2017 season is going to be an exciting and progressive one for Lancashire County Cricket Club, and all concerned with it.”

Vilas, commenting after signing a two-year deal said, "Lancashire is one of the biggest Clubs in England and I'm really excited about this opportunity to play my cricket at Emirates Old Trafford this summer.

"I'm relishing the opportunity of playing county cricket this summer. It's going to be a huge challenge personally and I'm already looking forward to linking up with the squad ahead of the start to the season. There are a lot of exciting players in the squad and we'll be hoping to challenge for silverware in all competitions."


Frank Lennon

I agree with your second post, but Lancashire would likely go back to the second division without these signings. (I have a sneaking suspicion they will even with them!) Let's hope that some of the 'promising youngsters' turn into good county players - and that perhaps the odd one gets into the national team.


The ECB fund pretty much every County and without their money many would disappear. Hardly anyone watches County cricket but it is still the most important form of the game. Of course the 4day game is there to produce England players and signing Kolpak players who aren't good enough to play for the Countries on a regular basis should not be signed. We have the best League cricket/ minor county cricket anywhere in the world and should be signing those players instead.
Just my opinion but I'm afraid I am not a fan of Chapple signing but good luck!!!

Frank Lennon

What a depressing thought that county cricket exists only to produce players for England! Why should we bother supporting it if that is true. County cricket is still supposed to be a public entertainment in its own right.


My point is why sign a 42 yr old? He will keep out a good promising batsman. How is that good for English Cricket. English County Clubs are there to produce players for the England Cricket Team. By all means employ a 42 year old a coach but he has no place within a team. Chapple is showing his inexperience and is hoping packing his team with old players he can achieve Div 1 statue. If that is all he and the club want then that is very sad. Remember Chris Adams did the same thing at Surrey with poor results. Anyway good luck to LCCC and their dream of staying in Div 1!

Luke the Drifter

Kolpak is currently the only way to go if you want to strengthen your team with experienced players (and that's what Lancs need). Given that both Kolpak and Bosman arrangements could disappear completely following Brexit, we might soon be seeing a substantial downgrading of overall player quality in UK cricket, football and rugby. The arrangements for European footballers to play in the UK leagues depend on the freedom of movement principle of the single EU market, while African footballers can play because of either their ties to EU countries (notably Britain and France) or the ACP trade agreement with the EU. In cricket the access rights of Kolpak players, e.g. Caribbean and South African are also dependent on this trade agreement. Welcome to the wonderful world of Brexit.

Luke the Drifter

I think the idea is that with Vilas as keeper Davies can play as a batter and avoid the physical stresses that come with 'keeping. That seems to me to be a good idea. Chappie seems to think that Shiv will contribute as much through his influence on younger players as he will through his batting. Other commenters are right that these signings are essentially short term solutions but they're possibly good ones and a lot better ideas than those we got from the strategy free drift we had under Giles.


I notice that you added details of Dane Vilas and Shiv Chanderpaul onto the first team page on the website quickly and finally Ryan McLaren. Any reason why http://www.lccc.co.uk/crick... is still missing Danny Lamb and Brooke Guest?


I agree. I just hope that Vilas doesn't keep Alex Davies out of the team. He's worth a place even without the gloves. And what happens when Buttler isn't with England?


Most counties already know, as do most LCCC members, that we would be expected to struggle. The club is being realistic, having lost Peterson and Smith, and never having replaced Prince. The youngsters need time and space, at least in the 4 day competition. Shiv can also keep an eye on Croft's captaincy! If they help us survive in an 8- team league, they'll give the young players the time to mature.


Well done Lancs, we were desperately short of batting quality. We may have youngsters but are they quality youngsters ? Even now we only have one recognised opener and he will only play half a season and we don't have a recognised number 3 so it shows how weak the squad was and still is in those positions but at least these 2 are a step in the right direction. Let's actually try and win some trophies instead of just surviving. Bring on another strike bowler please - Marchant De Lange or Morne Morkel maybe. Let's compete for a change. If our youngsters are good enough they will still come through and quality players in the squad will aid their development.

John Hayes

Don't know much about Vilas, presume Ashwell has recommended him. Pity we can't have AB or Faf. Hope they do well but we need to include the younger players too.


Wow... Signing a 42 year old is not looking to the future. Chappel is showing is lack of vision. Sad for LCCC that they are going down the Kolpak route. These 2 new signing will mean 2 Youngers will not play. How is that good for English Cricket? Just a 'shout from the rooftop' to the other Counties that LCCC are fearing for Div 1 statue.


Welcome to Lancashire Dane and welcome back Shiv. Looking forward to watching you score 2000 plus runs in the County Championship and helping our talented youngsters to achieve their potential. Feeling much more positive about the new season now, well done Glen on attracting 2 talented cricketers to LCC.

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