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Derbyshire lure Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has confirmed that he has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire.

The veteran West Indies batsman, who has previous experience of the County Championship with Durham, Lancashire and Warwickshire, is expected to be available for all three domestic competitions throughout the summer.

Chanderpaul is currently the world number two batsman on the ICC Test rankings, and has scored over 10,500 runs in 146 test matches at an average of 51.67.

"I'm excited to be joining an ambitious club with a talented young side," said the 33-year-old. "I was impressed with Karl Krikken's vision for the team and am looking forward to linking up with them at the start of the season."

Head coach Krikken, who oversaw promotion to County Championship Division One last season, added: "Shivnarine's statistics in all forms of the game speak for themselves and he has been one of the standout players on the world stage for a long time.

"He knows what it takes to be successful and, as well as his outstanding ability with the bat, there is no doubt Shivnarine will have a hugely positive effect on our talented young squad as we embark on the challenge of Division One cricket."