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Mahela Jayawardene signs for Lancashire Lightning

Mahela Jayawardene signs for Lancashire Lightning

Mahela Jayawardene signs for Lancashire Lightning

Lancashire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene for this year’s NatWest T20 Blast as a non-overseas player.

Jayawardene is available for the whole competition, including the knockout stages, and will join up with the squad in July.

He has played in 149 Tests, scoring nearly 12,000 runs at an average of just below 50, whilst he has made 448 ODI appearances as well as 55 IT20 matches. In all white-ball cricket, the Sri Lankan has over 14,000 runs and is widely recognised as one of the great batsman of all-time.

After retiring from international cricket in 2015, Jayawardene has featured in T20 leagues around the world as a player and mentor. He has previously played in the NatWest T20 Blast with Sussex and Somerset, and is currently Head Coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Glen Chapple said, “Mahela is a truly world class batsman who scores runs all around the wicket. He's a true competitor and a winner too, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring him into our squad for the NatWest T20 Blast later this summer.

“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 and for our fans to watch one of the game’s greats.” added Chapple, whose team have their first home NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Leicestershire Foxes at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 9th July.

Jayawardene commented, “I’m very excited about joining Lancashire Lightning for the NatWest T20 Blast this summer. Lancashire is a huge county with a fine history in the game. There is a young group of players at the Club and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to working with them and to be part of the T20 campaign this summer.

“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.”

Over 16,000 tickets have now been sold for this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast Roses clash against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford, whilst Season Tickets are also available, starting from just £70 for all seven home fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford. 

Lancashire Lightning’s home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures:

  • Sunday 9th July – Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes - Emirates Old Trafford
  • Friday 14th July – Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings - Emirates Old Trafford
  • Sunday 16th July – Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons - Emirates Old Trafford
  • Sunday 23rd July – Lancashire Lightning v Durham Jets  – Emirates Old Trafford
  • Friday 28th July – Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws – Emirates Old Trafford
  • Wednesday 16th August – Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids – Emirates Old Trafford
  • Friday 18th August – Lancashire Lightning v Birmingham Bears – Emirates Old Trafford

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