Updated: Thursday, 17th April 2014 @ 6:51pm

Lancashire County Cricket Club sign Ajmal Shahzad on season-long loan from bitter rivals Yorkshire

Lancashire County Cricket Club sign Ajmal Shahzad on season-long loan from bitter rivals Yorkshire

By Mancunian Matters Staff

Lancashire have bolstered their ranks with the signing of fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad on loan from fierce rivals Yorkshire.

The 26 year-old joins the Red Rose county until the end of the season after Yorkshire told the England bowler to find a new county last week.

The county champions moved to sign Shahzad, who has one England cap after debuting in 2010, which came at his new home Old Trafford, following an injury to all-rounder Tom Smith and a possible doubt over the arrival of overseas player Junaid Khan.

Shahzad has featured in over 100 appearances for the White Rose club since making his debut in 2004, aged 18.

Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's cricket director confirmed Shahzad’s arrival, feeling it is a timely one.

He said: "With Tom Smith being ruled out for at least a month after tearing a hamstring and Pakistan set to announce this week their squad for a series in Sri Lanka this summer, which could mean us missing out on bringing Junaid back, the availability of a hugely talented and experienced bowler comes at a good time for us."

Peter Moores, Lancashire's head coach, is pleased with the addition of Shahzad, who will go straight into the squad for Wedensday’s LV County Championship match at Sussex , in Hove.

He said: "We are delighted to bring a bowler of Ajmal's quality into our squad. He will join a strong seam attack, giving us the depth needed to compete on all fronts.

“He is known for his competitive nature, which will fit perfectly into the set-up at Lancashire."

Meanwhile, Lancashire will also be without Simon Kerrigan, who is on England Lions duty this week after naming their squad for Wednesday’s match.

Squad to play Sussex at Hove:

Glen Chapple (capt), Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Gary Keedy, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Ashwell Prince, Luke Procter, Ajmal Shahzad