Batsman Shankar signs for Worcestershire

Worcestershire have signed former Cambridge University opening batsman Adrian Shankar on a contract until the end of the 2012 season.

Shankar was released by Lancashire last season but spent the winter playing for Colombo in Sri Lanka’s Mercantile League.

“Adrian came to the club’s attention during the winter,” said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

“He was the leading run-scorer in the Twenty20 tournament with an average of over 52 and also scored three successive hundreds in the longer form of the game. Adrian has the potential to develop further after his recent winter experiences and is keen to make an impact across all forms of the game.”

Shankar last played first-class cricket for Cambridge University in 2005 but is relishing the new opportunity Worcestershire have offered him.

“Having spent two full seasons with Lancashire I am delighted to be given the opportunity to progress my career in county cricket,” he said.

“I am keen to make an impact and having spent the winter in Sri Lanka, playing in difficult conditions, I feel I am now better equipped to perform at the top level and look forward to being part of the future at Worcestershire.”

Shankar, 29, has also played Minor Counties cricket for Bedfordshire.

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