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The South African Steve Elworthy will stand in for Wasim Akram as Lancashire's overseas player next year. The 30-year-old seam bowler and hard-hitting batsman, who has played club cricket in Lancashire, gets his chance because Wasim will be touring England with Pakistan. Wasim is on the verge of signing a new contract which will bring him back to Old Trafford in 1997.

Wendell Labrooy, the Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler and younger brother of the former Test paceman, Graeme Labrooy, is to make his tour debut after being named yesterday in the squad for the Sharjah one-day tournament, which starts on Monday.