Pujara keen to follow in Tendulkar’s Yorkshire shoes after Khan no show

Indian Test star Cheteshwar Pujara has jumped at the chance to replace Pakistan’s Younus Khan at Yorkshire as he follows his hero Sachin Tendulkar to Headingley.

Englandadvert“I’m very excited and honoured to be signing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club,” said Pujara, who has been playing domestic cricket in India for Saurashtra. “The Club’s history is fantastic and being the current Champions is a testament to the quality of the Club and staff.

“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.”

452379462The 27-year-old classy right-hander who played a handful of games for Derbyshire at the end of last summer averages over 57 in first-class cricket. He has scored over 8724 runs including a top score of 352. His move is subject to a work permit being granted.

An agreement has been signed with The Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) for Pujara to play four-day cricket with Yorkshire until the end of May, when Australian international Aaron Finch will arrive after his Indian Premier League commitments. Moxon is hopeful that Pujara will be free to play in Yorkshire’s opening LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire on Sunday April 12.

Pujara’s dream became possible when Khan pulled out of an agreement to join Yorkshire.

“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.

“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”.

Khan has indicated to the Club that he would now find it difficult not to travel 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 is now likely to change and the Club are not prepared to wait and be left 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. “When the deal was agreed initially, it was on the understanding that Younus would not tour Bangladesh with Pakistan. Younus made it clear to us on Sunday that he would find it difficult to turn down should he be selected.

“At this late stage that is no good to us. We had to make a decision and as result we have decided to cancel his contract.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a cricket journalist and broadcaster since 2006.
As the editor of Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author and a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications.
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