Keshav joins Lancashire’s bid to beat the drop

Spinner Keshav Maharaj
Spinner Keshav Maharaj

Lancashire have signed South African international spinner Keshav Maharaj for the remaining four County Championship matches as they bid to avoid relegation.

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 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 games.

“He is an international bowler with experience of bowling in English conditions.”

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

Maharaj said: “I’m thrilled to be signing 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.”