Younis Khan signs for Yorkshire for early part of 2015

Pakistan top-order batsman Younis Khan has signed for Yorkshire. He will join the county in April and play until Aaron Finch arrives after fulfilling his IPL commitments.

Khan, 37, will join Yorkshire in April and will be available for the LV= County Championship opener at New Road against Worcestershire starting on Sunday April 12.

The Pakistani right-hander returns to the White Rose county where he starred in 2007. In 19 Championship innings for Yorkshire, he scored 824 runs at an average of 48.47 including a top score of 217 not out against Kent at Scarborough in the July of that year.

“We are delighted to secure the services of Younis,” said Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon.

“We have been looking for a world-class batsman to strengthen our batting department at the start of the season. Younis fits the bill and will add real quality to our top-order.

“It also helps that he understands the culture of the Club and what it means to play for Yorkshire. That was a major factor in signing him.

“We are well aware of his qualities and we hope his vast experience will enable us to continue our efforts from last year and give us a great opportunity to get off to a winning start in the Championship campaign.

“He will be with us for the first part of the season and we will then replace him with Aaron Finch, another proven international player, once Aaron’s Indian Premier League commitments come to an end.”

Khan, who has been selected in the Pakistan 2015 World Cup squad, is excited to be returning to Headingley where he made a positive impact as Yorkshire’s first ever overseas star from Pakistan.

“It is a great honour to be returning to Headingley and playing for Yorkshire,” said Khan. “This is one of the finest cricket clubs in the world.

“Yorkshire are going well and deserved to win the title last year. I hope my experiences in the First-class game will help them maintain their position at the top of the County Championship. The County Championship is regarded as one of the best domestic competitions in the world and to test myself in English conditions can only enhance my game.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and also reuniting myself with Dizzy (Jason Gillespie), who I played alongside in 2007. He is a great coach and I can’t wait to work with him.

“For the Yorkshire supporters, I am eager to replicate the form I showed the last time I was involved and build on the Club’s superb form over the past couple of seasons.”

At Test level, Khan has played in 96 matches in a 14-year career for his country where he averages over 53 with the bat from 172 innings including a highest score of 313 against Sri Lanka. In 2009, he captained Pakistan to the world Twenty20 title.

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