Pakistan opener Shan Masood inks two-year deal with Yorkshire

Pakistan left-hand opener Shan Masood on Monday signed a two-year deal with Yorkshire county cricket club and will be one of the Club’s overseas players across all formats, linking up ahead of the 2023 season.

Earlier this year, Shan had represented Derbyshire and had scored 1,779 runs in all competitions so far. The left-hander has played 30 internationals for Pakistan, including 25 Test Matches, and has scored more than 9,000 First Class and over 7,000 white-ball runs.

Commenting on the development, an elated Shan Masood said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Yorkshire. The pedigree and the history of Yorkshire CCC is massive and to play at Headingley week in week out is a dream. To follow in the footsteps of the three Pakistan captains (Inzamam ul Haq, Younis Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed) that have represented Yorkshire is really exciting.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing a dressing room with some really talented players, including the current England players like Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Dawid Malan and Harry Brook. I’m also looking forward to working with Ottis Gibson again, having worked closely with him in the PSL (Pakistan Super League) this year,” he added.

He further expressed: “I maintain a strong desire to play cricket at the highest level and I feel this project at Yorkshire provides me with the ideal opportunity to take that step. I share the ambition of the Club to win trophies whilst playing an exciting brand of cricket.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s Interim Managing Director of Cricket Darren Gough said: “We are absolutely delighted that Shan has opted to join us here at Yorkshire. Shan is a world-class batter who will contribute in all formats for us. He’s a great senior player and we’ve seen from his performances with Derbyshire this year that he has what it takes to score a lot of runs in county cricket.”

“His experiences from playing around the world, including international cricket with Pakistan, will be incredibly valuable to the squad we are building,” he added.

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