Azeem Rafiq signs one-year extension with Yorkshire
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that all-rounder Azeem Rafiq has extended his stay at the club by signing a one-year contract extension.
In June this year, Rafiq re-joined Yorkshire after he was released in 2014 and since then he has played a handy role in the team’s campaign in the ongoing county season.
Stating that he worked hard for the new contract with Yorkshire, Rafiq said that he was keen to grab the opportunity when offered a second chance in June this year.
“I’m really pleased! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since June, but I’ve enjoyed every second,” he said.
“To be part of a successful team and to play a little part in that is great.
“In the longer term, of course a new contract is what I’ve been working hard for.
“Back in June it was about grasping a second opportunity and playing every day like it was my last.
“I just wanted to soak up as much as I could from what is a great environment.
“My aims were to enjoy it more than the last time and to contribute in any way I could to some success.”
Yorkshire are currently pressing for a third consecutive title as they take on Middlesex at Lord’s and Rafiq is eager to play a part in creating history along with the club.
“This is my first time as a player at Lord’s and to go there and win the County Championship would be very special indeed.
“Having practiced there yesterday, it’s an incredible place and winning there and lifting the trophy would be something to look back on at the end of my career.
“To win the Championship for a second time for myself and a third time for the Club; I think it would be one of the biggest wins in the Club’s history.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous but we are in a very simple position; we have to win.
“It’s also an exciting position to be in. The opportunity to win and be crowned Champions for a third year in a row would be incredible.”
In the ongoing season, Rafiq has played five matches in the County Championship for Yorkshire and has scored 132 runs while accounting for a couple of scalps with his off-spin.
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