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Lancashire sign Keshav Maharaj for rest of the season

Lancashire sign Keshav Maharaj for rest of the season

South African spinner signs for Lancashire

Lancashire Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of South African international spinner Keshav Maharaj for the remaining four Specsavers County Championship matches.

Maharaj, a 28 year-old left-arm spin bowler, has a wealth of experience on the international stage, playing 22 Test matches for South Africa and taking 90 wickets at an average of 27.

Last month, during their tour of Sri Lanka, Maharaj posted South Africa’s best bowling figures since they were readmitted to international cricket in 1991, taking 9-129 in the first innings and 12 wickets in the match.

He also featured in every Test match during South Africa’s tour of England last year, picking up 17 wickets. Maharaj, who plays for the Dolphins in his home country, has an exceptional First Class record with 387 wickets from 105 matches, also at an average of 27.

Lancashire’s Head Coach Glen Chapple, said: “We’re really pleased that Keshav has joined the Club. He’s a world class spinner and will strengthen our bowling attack for the final four Championship games.

“He is an international bowler with experience of bowling in English conditions and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Emirates Old Trafford.”

The South African spinner has also proven himself to be a more than handy batsman, scoring seven First Class half-centuries and two centuries.

Keshav Maharaj added: “I’m thrilled to be signing for Lancashire for the remainder of the season. Having previously played in England with South Africa, it’s been an ambition of mine to return and play county cricket.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining up with the squad and hopefully I can make a significant contribution to help the team during my time here.”

The South African bowler goes straight into the Lancashire squad for this week’s Specsavers County Championship clash against Worcestershire at Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club, before the side face away trips to Somerset, Yorkshire and Hampshire to finish off the 2018 campaign at the end of September.

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