The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed a short-term deal with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who will be replacing the outgoing Australian batsman Peter Handscomb in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Sarfraz is due to arrive in the UK before the end of the month, subject to obtaining a visa. He is expected to play the final five qualifying T20 Blast fixtures for Yorkshire Vikings, as well as any potential knockout stages of the competition.
Handscomb will leave the UK after the Vikings’ trip to Trent Bridge on Sunday, July 30 in order to join a week-long training camp ahead of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh.
“I’ve always wanted to play county cricket so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Sarfraz told yorkshireccc.com. “Yorkshire are a big club with a rich history and huge reputation and I’m proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley like Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq. It’s a dream come true for me and hopefully it can help me become an even better professional.”