Worcestershire close strange case of Adrian Shankar

Worcestershire have released batsman Adrian Shankar after a brief and mysterious two-week spell at New Road.

Shankar was released by Lancashire last season but was signed by Worcestershire a fortnight ago in a blaze of publicity.

It was claimed that Shankar had impressed playing for Colombo in Twenty20 and first-class cricket in Sri Lanka during the winter though details of any matches he played are difficult to find on reliable websites.

Shankar, who is 29 according his date of birth on CricketArchive but was given as 26 in Worcestershire’s press release when they signed him, made a duck on his debut in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Middlesex at Lord’s.

He was ten not out overnight in Worcestershire’s first innings of their County Championship match against Durham at New Road but then suffered a knee injury during the warm-up the next morning.

Shankar was stretchered from the field which was to prove the last sight Worcestershire had of him.

Worcestershire’s announcement that his contract and registration had been “terminated by mutual consent” was restricted to one paragraph and chief executive David Leatherdale declined  to elaborate further.

Shankar played for Cambridge University from 2002 to 2005.

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