|Player:||JJC Lawson, D Gough|
DateLine: 23rd September 2006
West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson is set to represent western Indian state Maharashtra in domestic cricket this season. The 24-year-old Jamaican was in India recently to work on his action at a leading pace academy in Chennai with coaches TA Sekar and Dennis Lillee, the former Australian fast bowling great.
In his career, Lawson has bagged 51 wickets in 13 Tests. During the home Test series against Australia in 2003, he grabbed a hat-trick in Barbados before taking a career-best 7-78 at Antigua.
Maharashtra, only the second Indian state to a hire a foreign coach in Australian Darren Holder, are keen to invite overseas cricketers this season.
Speculation is rife that veteran England paceman Darren Gough will also turn out for Maharashtra this season. Gough, currently out of the squad due to a shin injury, has taken 229 wickets in Tests and 235 in one-day internationals.
Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah has announced that each association can invite three guest players.