Adrian Shankar is handed a chance with Worcestershire

Adrian Shankar
Bedfordshire-bred Adrian Shankar played for Luton Town - at cricket

Division One strugglers Worcestershire have signed former Cambridge University batsman Adrian Shankar.

Berkshire-born Shankar, 29, who spent the last two seasons on Lancashire's books, has already featured on the staff at New Road.

He made several second XI appearances, featuring alongside Stephen Moore, Steven Davies and future county skipper Daryl Mitchell back in 2003.

Shankar has signed a contract until the end of the 2012 season.

"Adrian came to the club's attention during the winter, which he spent playing cricket for Colombo in the Sri Lankan Mercantile League," said coach Steve Rhodes.

"He was the leading run scorer in the Twenty20 tournament with an average of over 52 and also scored three successive hundreds in the longer form of the game.

"Adrian has the potential to develop further after his recent winter experiences and is keen to make an impact across all forms of the game."

The Cambridge University graduate, who made 143 in the 2002 Varsity Match at Lord's, spent five years playing Minor Counties with Bedfordshire, as well as spending a lot of time in league cricket.

Lancashire gave him a chance in 2009, but he did not feature in the first team.

"Having spent two full seasons with Lancashire I am delighted to be given the opportunity to progress my career in county cricket," said Shankar.

"I am keen to make an impact and, having spent the winter in Sri Lanka, playing in difficult conditions, I feel I am now better equipped to perform at the top level and look forward to being part of the future at Worcestershire."

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