Jayawardene to play for Derbyshire

Colombo, Oct 16: Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene is all set to play for English county side Derbyshire in the 2008 season.

The-29-year-old is likely to sign a contract with Derbyshire this week and will be available for the team whenever he is free from national commitments.

Jayawardene had narrowly missed out on playing for Yorkshire this season after the county team opted for former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

According to the `Island` newspaper, Derbyshire coach David Houghton, a former Zimbabwe captain, had shown interest in Jayawardane and persuaded the team management to sign up the Lankan skipper.

This year, five Sri Lankan players played for English County sides. While veteran medium pacer Chaminda Vaas played for Middlesex, wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara represented Warwickshire.

Ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya played for Lancashire and pace bowler Lasith Malinga was part of the Kent team.

Bureau Report

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