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Junaid Khan re-signs for Lancashire

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Pakistan seam bowler Junaid Khan will spend this season with Lancashire after agreeing to become their first overseas signing of the season for the second time.

Khan’s first stint at Old Trafford came in 2011 when he helped the side to T20 Finals Day, leading the Lighting to sign him up ahead of this year’s limited overs campaign.

The Lightning had to fight off competition from Worcestershire for his signing, while the Royals have now claimed New Zealand’s Colin Munro.

Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson praised Khan and also spoke of Lancashire’s impact on the seamer.

“Following his time with us, he went on to become an established international," Watkinson told Sky Sports.

Khan was rewarded with his impressive bowling with being called into the Pakistan squad for the 2011 World Cup to replace Sohali Tanvir, though he did not actually make his debut until their tour of the West Indies that year.

The 24-year-old will add some much-needed left-arm pace to their attack, building on the successes enjoyed by New Zealand international Mitchell McClenaghan last season.

Khan will not get the chance, however, to link up again with Peter Moores, who has taken charge of his last game before departing for the England job.

Rain and bad light meant that only a draw was possible against Warwickshire.

Khan will be particularly useful in strengthening Lancashire’s bowling attack once James Anderson - who has started the season strongly and took the wicket of Warwickshire tail-ender Oliver Hannon-Dalby – too takes up his duties with England.

It is unsurprising Lancashire have chosen to use their overseas signing to add a bowler to the line-up, after their top and middle order looked strong against the Bears.

Opener Paul Horton hit 83 in his first innings and 84 in his second, while Jos Buttler, who will be looking to reclaim a spot in the England side for their summer at home, added 42 to ensure the draw.

Chris Woakes’ five-wicket haul had helped to put Warwickshire in control, but the rain destroyed the Edgbaston outfit’s chances of victory.

In Warwickshire’s first innings, Moores might have been wishing that Khan would arrive sooner as Lancashire’s attack seemed to lack something of a cutting edge.

However, Simon Kerrigan once again showed he can replace the outgoing Graeme Swann as England’s lead spinner, taking 4-38 to dismiss Laurie Evans (5), Ian Bell (14), Tim Ambrose (0), and Woakes (2).

Khan will certainly add something different to their attack and indeed to the County Championship, despite declining offers from Lancashire, Surrey and Sussex last season in order to focus on the 2013 Champions Trophy.

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