Chanderpaul is new Warwickshire overseas target

Warwickshire are lining up West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a possible overseas player for the second half of the season.

The county have still not officially given up hope of bringing Mohammad Yousuf back to Edgbaston but talks with the former Pakistan batsman have not progressed as smoothly as they would have liked.

Warwickshire hoped to have a firm commitment from Yousuf, who made a match-winning century against Worcestershire at Edgbaston, by the end of last week but that was not forthcoming.

They are still in negotiations with Yousuf, who has returned to Pakistan and who originally agreed a deal to join Birmingham League club Smethwick for the second half of the season, but they have started looking elsewhere for possible replacements.

Warwickshire have already established that Chanderpaul, who will be 37 in August, is available and interested in playing county cricket again following recent stints with Durham and Lancashire.

They are keen to recruit another overseas batsman for the second half of the season and are keen to confirm who they will be signing as quickly as possible as processing the necessary paperwork takes at least 14 days.

Former Australia batsman Simon Katich is another possibility as a replacement for Yousuf. Warwickshire initially agreed terms with Katich for the early weeks of this season but the left-hander then pulled out because of injury concerns.

Australia’s decision not to offer him a new central contract means that Katich is potentially available for county duty and Warwickshire have made contact with him but have yet to have a response back.

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