County news - Gloucestershire January 20, 2005

Chandana signs for Gloucestershire

Cricinfo staff

Gloucestershire's new signing Upul Chandana celebrates one of his ten wickets in last year's Test against Australia at Cairns © Getty Images

Upul Chandana, the Sri Lankan legspinning allrounder, has signed as one of Gloucestershire's overseas players for the coming season.

Chandana, 32, has taken 138 wickets in 133 one-day internationals, and has also played in 13 Tests. Last July he took ten wickets in the match against Australia at Cairns.

Chandana commented: "As one of the first Sri Lankans to be given the opportunity to come over and play county cricket, I am very excited and feel privileged to be playing for Gloucestershire. I feel I can add to all the success that the club has enjoyed in recent years - the one day form of the club has been exceptional - and cannot wait to contribute in any way I can. In a very difficult time for the country, I hope to give some pleasure and show what Sri Lankans can do. I am very much looking forward to the challenge."

And Mark Alleyne, Gloucestershire's player/coach, added: "Upul Chandana represents everything that is good about Sri Lankan cricket. I have had the pleasure of touring there on four occasions, and there is a passion in their cricket that is synonymous with Gloucestershire's cricket. This opportunity to have him in our side is exciting and, as a truly multi-skilled cricketer, we can expect a huge participation from him on the field."