When the Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s overseas signing Younus Khan refused to join the Club, director of Cricket Martyn Moxon turned quickly to gain the services of Indian Test star Cheteshwar Pujara, subject to a work permit being granted.
Younus Khan has indicated to the Club that it will be difficult to travel for the county season as he might be with the Pakistan national side on their tour of Bangladesh next month, if selected. It had been agreed at the time of him signing for Yorkshire that Khan would not be selected to play for Pakistan, but that situation got changed as the Club are not prepared to wait and be remain without an integral player ahead of the new campaign.
“It is very disappointing, at this late stage, to pull out of the agreement with Younus,” said Moxon.
“We have moved quickly to bring in Pujara and he is a superb player,” added Moxon.
“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,” said Moxon over Pujara.
“He is a classy right-hander that likes to dominate the crease and he will be a big asset for us during the early part of the new campaign.”
“He speaks fondly of wanting to play for Yorkshire and we are looking forward to welcoming to Headingley and hopefully he can make an impression in the first month of the season with us”.
Pujara, who has been playing domestic cricket in India for Saurashtra, is honoured to be joining England’s most successful county.
“I’m very excited and honoured to be signing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club,” said Pujara.
The Club’s history is fantastic and being the current Champions is a testament to the quality of the Club and staff.
Talking over joining Yorkshire Pujara said, “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. 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.”
So far in his 10-year First-class career, Pujara has scored over 8724 runs at an average of 57.01 including a top score of 352.