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Yorkshire sign Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on short-term deal

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy Credit: PA

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have signed Sarfraz Ahmed on a short-term deal as a replacement overseas player for the outgoing Peter Handscomb.

Handscomb is due to depart the UK after the Vikings’ trip to Trent Bridge on Sunday and will head home for a scheduled week-long training camp in Darwin ahead of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh.

Ahmed is due to arrive in the UK before the end of the month, subject to obtaining a visa. Yorkshire say the Pakistan captain will play the final five qualifying NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, as well as any knockout games.

He said: "I've always wanted to play county cricket so this is an exciting opportunity for me. 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 Younus Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq. It’s a dream come true for me and hopefully it can help me become an even better professional."

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