Yorkshire re-sign India batsman Pujara for 2018
Yorkshire have re-signed India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, meaning three of the world’s top six-ranked Test batsmen will play for the county this summer.
In addition to Pujara, 30, Yorkshire will also field England captain Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
Pujara, who helped Yorkshire win the 2015 County Championship, could play in the Leeds Bradford MCCU game in April.
“It’s an honour for me to play for the same county as Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar,” he told the club’s website.
Pujara, who has also played for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, will share overseas duties with New Zealand captain Williamson.
“Each time I’ve played county cricket it has improved me as a player. That’s the plan again in 2018,” the number three added.
“I love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the game and they made me feel very welcome.
“I know quite a few of the players, so I’ll just try to play my natural game and score plenty of runs for the club.”
India have scheduled a one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru from 14-18 June, meaning Pujara will leave England after the Royal London 50-over game at Lancashire.
But the batsman will return in time for the away trip to Hampshire in the County Championship on 20 June.
Pujara could also stay on after India’s summer Test tour in order to play the final home fixture against Hampshire on 18 September, followed by the trip to New Road to face Worcestershire six days later.