County news October 22, 2008

Laxman signs for Lancashire

Cricinfo staff

VVS Laxman: bound for Old Trafford in 2009 © AFP

VVS Laxman, the India batsman, has signed for Lancashire as the club's overseas player for 2009.

Laxman spent a month with Lancashire in 2007 when he scored 541 runs in eight matches, but this latest stint will be he first full season with a county. Subject to approval from the BCCI, he is expected to be available to Lancashire one week after fulfilling his contract with the Indian Premier League. The 2009 IPL is scheduled to finish on May 29.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay with Lancashire in 2007, and I am thrilled to be returning to Old Trafford next year," Laxman told the club's website. "My last memory playing for the county was that heart-breaking loss at The Oval, but next year I hope to play a significant role in leading Lancashire to Championship success."

Mike Watkinson, the Lancashire manager, added: "It gives me great pleasure to secure the services of this extremely talented batsman for next season. He will bring star quality to our batting line-up for both Championship and one-day cricket, and his wealth of experience is perfect for our younger batsman to learn from and develop around.

"His contributions both on and off the field during his short stay in 2007 were outstanding and left a lasting impact on the players."