Jayawardene to play for Lancashire as non-overseas player

Jayawardene to play for Lancashire as non-overseas player
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene has been signed by Lancashire for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ক্রিকেটে ফিরছেন জয়াবর্ধনে]

Though he is a Sri Lankan cricketer, he is signed as a non-overseas player because of having received a spousal visa through his Danish wife.

Mahela Jayawardene retired from international cricket in 2015 after that he has featured in several T20 leagues around the world as a player and mentor. Earlier, he has played  in NatWest T20 Blast with Sussex and Somerset. Apart from this he is currently worked in Indian Premier League as the head coach of Mumbai Indians.

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It has been learnt he will be available for the full season and will join with the squad of Lancashire in July.

After signing Jayawardene, Lancashire’s coach Glen Chapple has praised about the 39-year old Jayawardene and said, “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.”

Mahela Jayawardene expressed his happiness and told his desire to win the title for Lancashire. “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.”