Chanderpaul Signs Two-year Contract with Derbyshire

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Derbyshire have signed the world No. 2 Test batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

38 year old Chanderpaul has signed a two-year contract, with Derbyshire retaining first-option for a third season, and will be available for all formats in 2013.

Regarded as one of the weaker first-class counties for several years, Derbyshire have enjoyed a resurgence in recent times, and were promoted to Division One of the County Championship for the first time in 12 years, as champions of Division Two last season after the longest stint of any county in the bottom division.

The signing of Chanderpaul underlines the new ambition of the club.

Chris Grant, the club’s chairman appointed in March 2011, swiftly demonstrated his desire to shake things up at the club by sacking John Morris, the long-serving director of cricket, in the middle of a game barely six weeks later.

Chanderpaul said he was excited to be joining an ambitious club and was impressed with Krikken’s vision for the team.

All-rounder Marlon Samuels is almost certain to miss West Indies one-day series tour of Australia next month, after sustaining severe injuries to his eye during a game in the Australian Big Bash on Sunday.

Samuels has already been replaced by England opener Alex Hales, in the Melbourne Renegades squad for the remainder of the season and is highly unlikely to represent the Windies in Australia next month.

The West Indies’ five-match one-day series begins in Perth on February 1st, placing the all-rounder in doubt for the whole Australian summer.

He remains in his hotel room with swelling and bruising around his eye, after edging a ball from Lasith Malinga through the grill of his helmet into his face.

Renegades Captain Aaron Finch has been quoted as saying, the West Indian star had a suspected fractured eye socket but the extent of his injury has still not been determined because of the swelling.

Samuels has been ordered by doctors to remain as still as possible, to avoid the chance of bursting a blood vessel and causing permanent damage to his vision.

It appears that he has also been ordered not to fly for a month, and is not likely to leave his hotel room for weeks until given the medical all-clear

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