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Yorkshire safe from relegation after picking up bonus points

Yorkshire will play top flight county cricket next season after picking up vital bonus points against Worcester.

Andrew Gale's side needed two points to secure Division One safety. They got them on the Day One of the match at New Road.

Survival is the second bit of good news for Yorkshire on the day spin bowler Adil Rashid signed a new one-year deal to play red and white ball cricket at Headingley.

Adil Rashid signs new all-format deal at Yorkshire

Rashid signs new White Rose deal Credit: Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire bowler Adil Rashid has agreed a new one-year all-format deal with the club.

The leg-spinner's new contract will see the 30-year-old, who was born in Bradford make himself available for all forms of the game, continuing his 12-year affiliation with the White Rose county.

Rashid, capped in 2008, re-negotiated his club contract at the start of the year so that he was only involved in one-day formats.

But he was selected for England’s recent summer Test series against India, playing all five Tests in a 4-1 victory. He has been selected for the pre-Christmas tour to Sri Lanka and he will hope good form for Yorkshire can strengthen his claim for next summer’s home Ashes.

'There’s been a lot of talk and speculation but Adil is a very valuable cricketer for us. Now he’s in the Test team, how much he’ll be available for us next season is unclear.

But when he is available we’d be delighted to have him and for him to be part of what would hopefully be a successful summer.

For now, it will just be for a year because it’s still not clear what career path he’s going to take. He’s back in the Test team and continues to do well, so we’ll see where that takes us. Obviously going into 2020 and with the new competition, players are waiting to see how that will affect contracts.

I think for now it’s good to have the one year and see how the winter goes for Adil. We’ll probably have another look at it after the World Cup and see where he is, particularly with England and how much he’s involved with them. In the short-term it’s good to know when he’s available he’ll be playing for us.'

– Martyn Moxon, YCCC Director of Cricket

Rashid, who took six wickets on his Championship debut for Yorkshire as a teenager in 2006, has taken 500 First-Class wickets at an average of 34.98. All of his 10 hundreds have come for the White Rose. In all T20 cricket, at international and domestic level, he has taken 178 wickets and scored 677 runs. In the one-day arena, he has returned 255 wickets and 1,584 runs.

Rashid made his Test bow in late 2015 on tour of the UAE against Pakistan and has made 15 appearances in all to date.

Rashid, who took 10 wickets for 50 runs in seven Championship matches in 2017, was recently told by national selector Ed Smith that he must be available across the board from the start of next summer to be considered for Test cricket.

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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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