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— 23 January 2020

England batsman Dawid Malan admits he is unsure when he will be linking up with Yorkshire ahead of the forthcoming county campaign, though insists the county will be his number one priority as soon as April comes around having opted against any possible deals to play in the Indian Premier League.

The White Rose’s new signing is preparing to travel to South Africa having been named in England’s one-day and T20 squads for the upcoming series, starting on February 4 and finishing on February 16.

Malan is then waiting on news of whether he has been called in to play in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition as a replacement player.

The left-hander has recently impressed in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi and the Bangladesh Premier League T20 competition. But he wasn’t selected in the initial draft for the PSL.

That event takes place in Pakistan between February 20 and March 22.

However, after that, it is all Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire for a player who decided against putting himself forward to play in the IPL and is edging closer to settling down in ‘god’s own country’.

“I’ve only spent four days up there (Headingley) so far in between everything I’ve had to do,” he said. “But we put an offer in on a place yesterday, which was accepted, so hopefully we can get all that sorted and settle in quickly.

“If things go to plan, I’ll probably only see the boys in mid-March. If they don’t, I’ll be back in the middle of February after the South Africa tour.

“We’ll wait and see if the Pakistan Super League works. If I get in, it would be as a replacement player. A couple of teams have been in touch already – but until something is put in front of you, you never know.

“I think I will find out after the Pakistan v Bangladesh T20 series finishes next week.

“I didn’t put my name in the IPL auction.

“I want to make an impact for Yorkshire in four-day cricket. I don’t think it would have been right to join a new club and then immediately put my name in an IPL auction.

“My priority is with Yorkshire from when the season starts.”

Should Malan be picked in the PSL, he would be unavailable to go on Yorkshire’s pre-season tour in mid-March, details of which are to be announced shortly.

  • Continuing with the theme of new recruits, Yorkshire’s overseas signing Ravi Ashwin has made an impressive start to the year in India’s domestic Ranji Trophy competition with Tamil Nadu.

    Ashwin will play a minimum of eight Specsavers County Championship matches for the county from mid-summer onwards after his signing was announced last Thursday.

    In two four-day matches for Tamil Nadu – a draw and an innings victory – the 33-year-old off-spinner has taken a combined 10 wickets and hit 88 runs.

    In the first, a high-scoring draw with Mumbai, he claimed three first-innings wickets and hit 79. In the second, an innings and 164-run win over the Railways side, he returned figures of 4-26 and 3-36.

    Another seven wickets in his next match, against Baroda in early February, would see Ashwin reach 600 career first-class wickets in his 124th match.

  • White Rose women’s duo Hollie Armitage and Katie Levick are the latest names to be signed up to play in this summer’s Hundred competition.

    On Wednesday, the ECB announced a quartet of domestic signings for each of the eight teams in the women’s event, starting on July 22 – six days after the men’s version.

    Huddersfield-born batter Armitage, who has captained Yorkshire’s county team, is briefly heading south to represent the Oval Invincibles.

    Experienced leg-spinner Levick, meanwhile, will be representing the Emerald Headingley based Northern Superchargers, who will be captained by Lauren Winfield.

    Levick is the all-time leading wicket-taker in all English domestic cricket, taking 215 wickets – 186 for Yorkshire and 29 for the now defunct Diamonds.

    Both Armitage and Levick impressed last summer for the Diamonds in the final edition of the Kia Super League.

    The Yorkshire men’s pre-season training programme has seen them utilise the services of Carl Hopkinson and Peter Such, current and former members of England’s coaching staff.

    Both men have spent time at Emerald Headingley as fielding and spin bowling consultants.

    Ex-Sussex batsman Hopkinson is England’s current fielding coach, while former Essex and England spinner Such left his role as the ECB’s lead spin bowling coach in November.

    Such has played a significant part in organising a month-long training camp in Mumbai, starting in early February, for young Yorkshire duo Jack Shutt and James Logan.

    Speaking of consultancy roles, former Ashes winner Tim Bresnan spent time with the England Lions squad prior to their departure to Australia earlier this week.

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore is part of the one-day leg of the tour, although he will return to Headingley prior to a trio of four-day matches.

    The England hierarchy are keen for their up and coming players to get used to playing, and winning, in Australian conditions ahead of the next Ashes tour in the winter of 2021/22.

    Bresnan toured Australia twice for Ashes series and claimed the wicket which retained the Urn at Melbourne in late 2010. He was invited to chat to the Lions group alongside Moeen Ali at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough last week.

    Tom Loten has earned the praise of his grade cricket captain in Victoria after an impressive all-round display for Prahran earlier this month.

    Loten is spending his winter in Melbourne as he gears up for the 2020 summer with Yorkshire, hoping to build on his first-class debut fifty against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in September.

    In a 50-over win over Essendon on January 11, the 21-year-old hit a season’s best 58 not out from 70 balls, underpinning a score of 240-7. He then claimed 3-28 from nine overs of medium pace to help secure a 44-run success.

    His figures with the ball were also a season’s best return, though he has since taken four wickets in a second grade fixture.

    Prahran skipper Jake Hancock told the Herald Sun newspaper: “You can see what a talent he is.

    “He’s been able to contribute in small ways with bat, ball and in the field, but it was obviously a fantastic weekend for him to put all three of those skills together and be a huge contributor to us winning the game.

    “Players that can impact the game with all three are so hard to come by.

    “His bowling’s improved from the moment he stepped off the plane.

    “I’m very excited to see what he has in store for the rest of the season because there’s a big chunk of the season left and we’ve got high aspirations.”