Duo returning to Durham
Durham have re-signed Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Michael di Venuto, who will not count as an overseas player.
Last Updated: 15/01/08 1:16pm
Durham have re-signed Shivnarine Chanderpaul as an overseas player, while Michael di Venuto will also be returning to the Riverside.
West Indian batsman Chanderpaul enjoyed a short stint with the county in 2007, playing six one-day and four first-class matches.
He will not be available for the start of the domestic season due to international commitments.
However, Durham have lined up South African pair Neil McKenzie and Albie Morkel, who will play in the Twenty20 Cup, to fill in during the left-hander's absence.
"Durham is a club with a big future and, after the success we had last year, we are definitely keen to start the season as we finished," Chanderpaul said.
"I'll be keeping an eye on the results while I'm on tour and I can't wait to join up with the team later on in the year."
Meanwhile, Australian di Venuto - who has signed a two-year deal - is able to play alongside Chanderpaul due to the fact he holds an Italian passport.
The left-hander's decision to become a European Union employee means he will be retiring from state cricket with Tasmania.
"It was a big step for me to announce my retirement from Australian domestic cricket but I was keen to extend my time at Durham, especially after such a wonderful season last year," Di Venuto said.
"I'm delighted to be in a position to commit to the club for two more years, as it really is a wonderful club to be involved with and my first season here was definitely a happy one."
Di Venuto - who has also played county cricket with Derbyshire and Sussex during his career - scored 1,329 runs last summer to help Durham finish second in the LV County Championship.
The Dynamos also enjoyed plenty of success in one-day cricket, winning the Friends Provident Trophy in their first Lord's final and also getting promotion from the Second Division of the Pro40 League.