The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Rickelton on a short-term overseas contract.

Rickelton, 26, will be available for selection for the LV= Insurance County Championship game against Worcestershire at New Road, starting Monday, 10 July, and will be available for an initial three-game spell in Division Two.

Rickelton will bolster the batting line-up with Shan Masood having been recalled by Pakistan on international duty.

The left handed wicket-keeper batter has played four Tests for South Africa. He had a brief spell in county cricket as an overseas player for Northamptonshire in 2022. He averaged 77 across his four Championship matches, with two centuries and four half centuries.

Darren Gough, Managing Director of Cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “Rickelton can bat anywhere in the top six, he’s a good player and can keep wicket as well.

“He will be coming to us as a batter and I’m really pleased with the signing.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get good overseas players – so to get someone of his calibre to come over and represent us for the next three matches is brilliant.

“We need him because we are losing Shan so we need to get the balance right between experience and youth. We have got very talented young players – but we need some experience behind them.”

Gough added: “As a Club – we felt we needed a bit more experience. Ryan has played at the highest level – he is a very good cricketer – he’s gutsy and he is young and has lots of energy – he’s someone we need.”

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