The middle-order batsman in India, Cheteshwar Pujara has signed a deal for 2018 England domestic season with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He is all set to come just in time to play fixture for Yorkshire from April 7 against Leeds Bradford MCCU.
Pujara had signed deal weeks ago with the County but announcement was postponed intentionally as he wanted to focus on IPL auction. The senior batsman is all set to come back to India after 50-over game by Royal London versus Lancashire to partake in one-off Test to be played against Afghanistan, starting from June 14.
But he is all set to come back to England to play against Hampshire in County Championship, commencing on June 20. There are also chances that Pujara to stay in England once the 5-match Test series after completion between home side and India to play fixtures against Worcestershire and Hampshire in September.
Pujara replaced Younis Khan and signed with Yorkshire. He also played four matches in that season and compiled 264 runs at 52.80 of average. He also played for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Pujara played for Nottinghamshire during Country season 2017, and accumulated 333 runs at the average of 27.75.
For 1992 England domestic season, Sachin Tendulkar replaced Craig McDermott who was injured as overseas cricketer in Yorkshire. He was the first overseas cricketer who represented the County. Along with him, Yuvraj Singh is other Indian cricketer who played for Yorkshire in 2003.
Pujara added, “I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Yorkshire once more. It’s always great to come over and play County Cricket and I am as excited as I was before to play for the Club. I really love the passion of Yorkshire people for the game and I feel really blessed. I know a few players so I will just play the way I play and score a lot of runs for Club.”
“For me, it’s an honor to play for the county where legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh played and I have played county cricket each time and it helped me improve being a player. Again, that’s the plan in 2018 and I just like to score more runs for Yorkshire and get the most from the whole event.”
Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon, added that the club was happy to sign the deal with middle order batsman of India for the next season. New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson is another overseas cricketer in Yorkshire for 2018.
He noted, “It is pretty obvious that Pujara is a self-motivated person and highly skilled cricketer. We are pleased to sign him for the club. He seems to be very likeable player. He was with us last time and our plan is to have him to relieve some pressure on top order that we faced in 2017 sometimes.