Gary Keedy will stage a Lancashire reunion with Stuart Law and the county’s former analyst Jason Swift in the unlikely surroundings of Sylhet, in the north-east of Bangladesh, this winter.
The Yorkshireman has secured a contract in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 competition, which includes a host of international stars, as he seeks to make the most of his last few years in the game.
“I’m not going to pretend I know much about cricket in Bangladesh, but this is going to be a bit of an adventure,” said veteran left-arm spinner Keedy, who turned down the chance to move to Warwickshire last year.
“The fact that Stuey and Swifty are there will hopefully help me to adjust. And I’ll still be back in plenty of time for the start of the county season.”
Law, who was a team-mate and near neighbour of Keedy’s for several seasons, is settling into a new role as coach of the Bangladesh national team, having earned positive reviews for his work with Sri Lanka during a difficult period. He recruited Swift to his support staff in a rare example of cross-state Australian co-operation, as Law is a proud Queenslander and Swift is from Sydney.
Mark Chilton, another Yorkshire-born member of Lancashire’s County Championship-winning squad, has made a less adventurous career move, returning to his former school Manchester Grammar as head of cricket.
Chilton, who announced that he would retire last summer, will hope to revive the production line which provided Lancashire with Mike Atherton, John Crawley and Gary Yates, but has stalled since Chilton made his debut in 1997.