Yorkshire County Cricket Club has bolstered its squad for the Vitality Blast with the signing of Finn Allen.

The New Zealand international is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. The 22-year-old top order batter has an average of 32.02 in domestic T20 cricket and will be available from the Vikings’ sixth match in the Blast until the end of the group stage.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to county cricket for the upcoming Blast,” Allen said. “I really enjoyed my first foray into the competition last season and am hungry to contribute to a successful campaign for Yorkshire.

“As luck would have it, I am currently spending a fair bit of time at RCB with David Willey, so it’s great to be able to establish that relationship prior to arriving.”

Darren Gough, Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Interim Managing Director of Cricket said: “We have brought in Finn Allen who is an explosive batsman and very good young player.

“Finn will come here to replace Haris Rauf who we have for the Championship games early season and the first five Blast matches.

“Our signings to date will give us some excellent options in the Blast and I am thrilled to be able to add these talented players an already exciting squad.”

Allen will join the Vikings subject to international clearance.

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