County news November 26, 2008

Lancashire sign youngster Shankar

Cricinfo staff

Lancashire have signed Adrian Shankar, a 23-year-old batsman, on a two-year deal. He is a former MCC Young Cricketer and has recently completed a law degree at Cambridge University which means he is now able to resume his cricket career.

Shankar spent time with the Lancashire squad during 2008 pre-season training, then played for Kent's second XI during the first half of the summer before returning to Lancashire and he is looking forward to his new challenge.

"Lancashire was always my preferred destination when deciding on my future. My father spent his formative years in Liverpool and retains great affection for the area," he said. "Even though I have grown up in the South, I have an emotional tie to the North West, and my experience of the people there has only reinforced that.

"I know competition for places will be fierce, but that is healthy for the club. I had a positive spell in the second XI this year, and the senior players were very open and welcoming. The coaches and the facilities at Old Trafford mean that the infrastructure is available for me to develop and become an important part of Lancashire's future."

Cricket manager Mike Watkinson added that Shankar will increase the depth of the club's youth development. "At Lancashire, we have a very successful academy programme which has so far produced nine players who have gone on to sign professional contracts," he said. "Adrian is a quality young batsman who fills a gap in our player development programme. He has attracted interest from a number of other counties which confirms his potential."

Shankar has played 12 first-class matches with a career-best of 143.