South African batsman Jacques Rudolph has signed to return to Yorkshire as their overseas player for the remainder of the season.
Rudolph played for Yorkshire between 2007 and 2010 as a Kolpak cricketer, passing 1,000 first-class runs in each season with the White Rose.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has now granted Rudolph permission to join up with Yorkshire and the club are hopeful that he will be with them in time to feature in the LV= County Champinship match against Lancashire from 20th July.
He is currently captaining South Africa A in a one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe and prior to accepting the Kolpak contract with Yorkshire, played 35 Tests, 43 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International for his country.
"Jacques is a hugely respected and popular player and we have missed his contribution in all forms of the game this season," Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's Director of Professional Cricket said.
"The entire Club is very pleased to welcome him back and we look forward to his runs lifting the team in the remaining matches."
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