Wednesday 21 March 2007 

Younus Khan To Make Early Start For Yorkshire

Pakistan’s early exit from the Cricket World Cup will mean that Younus Khan, the club’s first- ever overseas player from Pakistan, will be joining The Yorkshire County Cricket Club in time for the start of the new cricket season. Pakistan are rated fourth in the world in One Day Internationals but disappointingly finished last in their World Cup Group of West Indies, Ireland, and Zimbabwe.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club signed Pakistani International batsman Younus Khan on a one-year contract in October 2006. Younus is a world-class batsman and is already on the honours board at The Headingley Carnegie Stadium following his outstanding performance in the 2006 Test match in which England defeated Pakistan. He scored 173 in the first innings, put on 363 for the third wicket with Mohammad Yousuf (192), and was also top scorer with 41 in a disappointing second innings before Pakistan went down by 167 runs. His immense contribution brought Younus Khan the Man of the Match Award.

After signing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Younus expressed his delight. "I know that players like Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard play there," Younus said, "and also legends such as Geoffrey Boycott and Sir Leonard Hutton played there a few years ago. It will be an honour to follow these cricketers and play at Headingley."

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan said, ‘Pakistan have had a dreadful few days with the death of their coach, Bob Woolmer, coming so soon after their exit from the World Cup. I know Younus Khan is really down right now and our thoughts are with him and his colleagues at this sad time. The good news for Yorkshire cricket fans, however, is that Younus will now be arriving at Headingley Carnegie much sooner than anticipated and we fully expect him to feature in our first game at the Brit Oval on April 18th 2007.’

One consequence of Younus’ early arrival is the fact that Australian batsman, Matthew Elliot, who was signed to cover Younus’ role in the Yorkshire team whilst the latter was on World Cup duty, will now not be required for the first X1. The Yorkshire County Cricket Club are in discussions with Matthew and will confirm the position early next week.