Yorkshire pounce for Pujara


Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire have signed India international Cheteshwar Pujara until the end of May after cancelling the contract of Younus Khan.

Younus was set to be Yorkshire’s overseas signing for 2015, but the batsman is now looking to be part of Pakistan’s potential touring party to Bangladesh, effectively ruling him out of any playing time in the LV= County Championship.

Pujara will instead link up with the Division One champions – subject to receiving a work permit – having spent time at the back end of last season with Derbyshire, scoring 219 championship runs for them.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon announced in a statement that Younus made his international intentions clear on Sunday, and added: ” We have moved quickly to bring in Pujara and he is a superb player.

“He is an outstanding young Test cricketer, who is hungry to perform in the English game. In the brief conversations I have had with him, he is very much looking forward to be joining Yorkshire and being part of our plans.”

Pujara, 27, made his international Test debut in 2010, and with six centuries in the five-day game is a highly rated part of India’s squad with many seeing him as the natural successor to Rahul Dravid.

Pujara, who boasts nearly 9,000 first-class runs, will turn out for Yorkshire until Australian Aaron Finch is free of Indian Premier League commitments with Mumbai Indians.

“I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed, and when Yorkshire made the offer I didn’t think twice,” Pujara said.

“To wear the same white rose Sachin Tendulkar did is going to be a great feeling for me. I hope I can contribute to further success.”

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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