County news August 23, 2006

Murali Kartik joins Lancashire

Cricinfo staff

Murali Kartik will join Lancashire this week and could feature in Saturday's C&G Trophy final at Lord's on Saturday.

Kartik is due to arrive in Manchester later today and will play in the floodlit Asda Challenge Match at Old Trafford tomorrow.

"I will get to play three championship games and five one-day matches," Kartik told The Hindu. "The last championship match will be against Shane Warne's Hampshire."

Kartik had a stellar outing with Lancashire last year, becoming the first overseas player representing Lancashire to have bagged ten wickets on debut when he snapped up 10 for 168 against Essex, a game where he dismissed Andy Flower twice. He ended up with16 wickets, including six from two one-day matches and finished at the second position behind Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan offspinner, in the averages table.

Kartik played a huge role in Lancashire's promotion from division two of the Frizzell County Championship and earned praise from Mike Watkinson, their coach. "He bowled magnificently. He's a lovely lad. He arrived in the dressing-room without knowing anyone but now he is bosom buddies with all the players."

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