Younus Khan signs for Yorkshire

Younus Khan in his first spell with Yorkshire
Younus Khan in his first spell with Yorkshire

Yorkshire CCC have announced the signing of Pakistan top-order batsman Younus Khan.

Khan, 37, will join Yorkshire in April and will be available for the LV= County Championship opener at New Road against Worcestershire starting on Sunday, April 12.

The Pakistani right-hander returns to the White Rose county where he starred in 2007. In 19 Championship innings for Yorkshire, he scored 824 runs at an average of 48.47 including a top score of 217 not out against Kent at Scarborough in the July of that year.

“We are delighted to secure the services of Younus,” said Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon.

“We have been looking for a world-class batsman to strengthen our batting department at the start of the season. Younus fits the bill and will add real quality to our top-order.”

Khan, who has been selected in the Pakistan 2015 World Cup squad, is excited to be returning to Headingley where he made a positive impact as Yorkshire’s first ever overseas star from Pakistan.

“It is a great honour to be returning to Headingley and playing for Yorkshire,” said Khan. “This is one of the finest cricket clubs in the world.

“I am eager to replicate the form I showed the last time I was involved and build on the club’s superb form over the past couple of seasons.”

At Test level, Khan has played in 96 matches in a 14-year career for his country where he averages over 53 with the bat from 172 innings including a highest score of 313 against Sri Lanka. In 2009, he captained Pakistan to the world Twenty20 title.