Tuesday 5 February 2008 

Morkel To Join Yorkshire As Short-Term Overseas Signing

Morne Morkel will be The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s overseas player for the early part of the 2008 season. The 23-year-old South African pace bowler will deputise for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan on a week to week contract until the Pakistan international is ready to take up the overseas slot for the remainder of the season.

Morne has played 1 Test Match, 9 One-Day Internationals and 6 Twenty20s for South Africa since June 2007 and is widely recognised as a player with a big future in the game. His bowling is genuinely fast and his hard hitting batting has often been useful down the order. His performances for his country in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Cup last year brought wickets and further enhanced his growing reputation.”

Morne Morkel said: “I am really pleased to have signed for Yorkshire. Although it is a short-term deal I am excited about the opportunity to play for such a historic and important Club. The opportunity to play county cricket is one I couldn’t ignore. I want to use the time I have with Yorkshire to help get the team off to a flying start and develop my own game. It will be great to play under a captain like Darren Gough and I know I can learn a lot from him about quick bowling.”

Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, said: “Morne Morkel is a quality acquisition and a very talented prospect. We are pleased to have secured his services and he will provide excellent cover for Rana Naved during the first part of the season. He is highly regarded by Geoffrey Boycott who tells me that he can bowl very quickly indeed. I’ve also spoken to Jacques Rudolph who has been impressed by Morne’s performances and is looking forward to playing with him at Headingley Carnegie.”

Morne Morkel will join the rest of the Yorkshire squad after they have returned from the pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi in early April.

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