Steve Patterson is hoping Harry Brook, Will Fraine and some other of Yorkshire’s young guns can grasp the opportunity that comes with increased exposure in this summer’s Royal London one-day Cup.
Club captain Patterson will lead the Vikings in the 50-over Cup, which clashes with the ECB’s new Hundred competition through mid-July to mid-September.
That means all counties will be minus some star names, therefore opening up opportunities for youngsters to shine on the first-team stage.
Yorkshire haven’t been as heavily affected by Hundred call-ups as some other counties have, but they still have gaps to plug.
“The only side which hurts us is that the lads who have been called up are all top order batters,” said seamer Patterson.
“We’ve brought Dawid Malan in, but he won’t play 50-over cricket because he’s playing in the Hundred. Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Dave Willey all bat up there as well and won’t be available. There are four lads who would bat in our top four or five.
“But 50-over cricket this year is a real opportunity for a number of reasons.
“Some teams have lost a heavy amount of players, so there’s certainly a lot of teams who will be weaker than us.