Yorkshire have signed India’s Cheteshwar Pujara until the end of May after cancelling the contract of Younus Khan, the English county champions say.
Veteran batsman Younus was due to be Yorkshire’s overseas player for 2015, but his desire to join Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh has effectively ruled him out of the County Championship, opening the door for Pujara.
“I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed,” said 27-year-old Pujara, who scored 219 runs for Derbyshire last season.
“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.”
Pujara, who has scored nearly 9000 first-class runs, will be available for Yorkshire until Australian Aaron Finch returns from playing in the Indian Premier League.
“We have moved quickly to bring in Pujara and he is a superb player,” Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon told the club’s website.
“He is an outstanding young Test cricketer, who is hungry to perform in the English game.”