Shivnarine Chanderpaul will arrive in England in time to play for Warwickshire in the County Championship clash with Lancashire which starts on August 1, but the West Indies batsman is not guaranteed to play at Liverpool.
Chanderpaul, who played eight matches for Lancashire last summer, has finally got a work permit and visa and is due to arrive in Birmingham on the afternoon of Sunday July 31. Warwickshire will then face the problem of getting the left-hander registered by the ECB ahead of the trip to Liverpool.
But New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel is still in the country and it is possible that Warwickshire will prefer him to Chanderpaul if, as expected, the Aigburth pitch looks like it will take spin.
Patel is in prime form at the moment having taken 15 wickets in three innings in the back-to-back wins over Sussex and he is likely to travel to Aigburth.
Opening batsman Ian Westwood is also in line to make a surprise appearance at Aigburth having initially been ruled out with a broken little finger which he sustained catching Sussex batsman Luke Wells at Edgbaston.
But the fracture is only a small one and Warwickshire are treating it as heavy bruising which gives Westwood a 50-50 chance of playing in a match that may well decide the destination of the County Championship title itself.