Khan back with Lancashire

Khan (left) returning to Old Trafford
Khan (left) returning to Old Trafford
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Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire Cricket Club this season as an overseas limited overs signing.

Junaid will join the Lightning in time for their opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Nottinghamshire Outlaws on May 16.

The 24-year-old left-armer returns to the Red Rose county after an impressive stint in 2011, when he helped Lancashire to Twenty20 Finals Day.

Cricket director Mike Watkinson said: “We are delighted to be bringing Junaid back to Lancashire following his memorable spell with us in 2011.

“He will join a well-balanced squad looking to compete in all competitions and will link up with us in time for our first NatWest T20 Blast fixtures in May.

“Following his time with us, he went on to become an established international with Pakistan and we are looking forward to him bringing that experience to Emirates Old Trafford as we aim to build on a good season in 2013.”

Junaid added: “I had a really enjoyable time during my spell with Lancashire in 2011 and it was pleasing to be involved in such a successful season.

“I believe that my time there helped me grow into becoming an established international cricketer and I cannot wait to link up with my team mates at Emirates Old Trafford to have another successful campaign hopefully.”

Lancashire avoided losing any second-innings wickets on a frustrating Tuesday at Old Trafford.

No play was possible until 4.45pm because of rain on day three of the LV= County Championship Division One clash against Warwickshire.

The visitors resumed on 316 for nine but managed just eight more runs before England’s James Anderson took his first wicket of the innings.

Anderson flattened the middle stump of Oliver Hannon-Dalby as Warwickshire were all out for 324, a lead of 77.

Lancashire openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece then had to endure an uncomfortable 22 overs but did so successfully to leave the home side on 46 without loss at the close, still 31 runs adrift.

Horton, who top-scored with 83 in the first innings, found the going easier than his opening partner, scoring 27 to Reece’s nine.

It was the bowling of Chris Woakes, looking to add to his five wickets in the first innings, and Jeetan Patel that particularly troubled the pair.

The lost overs mean Peter Moores’ last match as Lancashire coach before he begins his England duties is likely to end in a draw.