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— 20 February 2020

Former Yorkshire overseas batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has signed for Gloucestershire – and he will debut for them at Emerald Headingley.

  • India Test star Pujara scored 806 runs in 18 matches for the White Rose spanning two seasons in 2015 and 2018, including two hundreds. He scored one in the Specsavers County Championship and one in the Royal London one-day Cup.

    The 32-year-old has signed on at Bristol for the first six Championship matches of the summer and will represent his fourth English county after previous spells with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

    Pujara will debut for the Division One new boys in the 2020 season opener against Yorkshire at Headingley, starting on Sunday April 12 (Easter Sunday).

    Gloucester head coach Richard Dawson, the former Yorkshire spinner and second-team coach, said: “He is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in world cricket and we are very fortunate to have him in our squad for the start of the County Championship campaign.”

    Katherine Brunt will be aiming to clinch a second T20 World Cup title over the next few weeks whilst also edging closer to an impressive personal milestone.

  • The Yorkshire star is 19 wickets away from the 100-mark in her T20 international career, with the latest World Cup beginning in Australia tomorrow.

    England will be hoping to add to the crown they won on home soil in 2009 and face South Africa in Perth in their opener on Sunday.

    Brunt is joined in the England squad by White Rose team-mate Lauren Winfield, who is expected to start the tournament as well.

    Brunt, 34, has taken 81 wickets in 78 appearances for England in this format, with only two players (Anisa Mohammed, West Indies and Ellyse Perry, Australia) reaching triple figures.

    A number of other players are in touching distance of the 100-mark and should get there during this tournament, including England seamer Anya Shrubsole, who has 93.

    Taking 19 wickets in this event may be a stretch for Brunt, even with good form, but she should pass former Yorkshire team-mate Dani Hazell’s 85 wickets during her T20I career.

    Yorkshire’s senior squad, currently on a week’s break to coincide with half-term, are hoping to scale impressive heights on the field in 2020. So a bit of pre-season rock climbing should stand them in good stead!

  • Last week, the squad headed to the ROKT Climbing Gym in Brighouse for a morning of climbing, bouldering, caving and abseiling.

    The likes of Ben Coad, Adam Lyth, Duanne Olivier, Steve Patterson and David Willey were put through their paces during a session which took the squad out of their comfort zone and provided a break from the East Stand Indoor School.

    Fingers crossed, the lads will be looking down on everyone else come September and the end of their County Championship Division One campaign.

    Dawid Malan has earned a late call-up to play in the Pakistan Super League for two-time winners Islamabad United.

    Yorkshire’s new signing will not miss any county cricket, though he is likely to be unavailable for next month’s pre-season camp in Mumbai.

    He has been called up as a replacement player for the six-team tournament and will play alongside the other Englishman in their squad, Sussex batsman Phil Salt.

    Islamabad have Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan as their captain and boast overseas talent including Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi and Dale Steyn.

    A host of English players are involved in the fifth edition of PSL, which begins today and ends on Sunday March 22.

    Islamabad face reigning champions Quetta Gladiators in today’s opener in Karachi (2pmUK).

    You can watch the event on Sky (Channel 732) and Virgin Media (Channel 833).

    Yorkshire’s Academy are midway through a 10-day tour in Cape Town, South Africa in conjunction with Pro Coach and the Yorkshire Cricket College.

    A strong Academy squad is in Cape Town for a mixture of game time, training and even excursions away from the game as they build up to their summer of Yorkshire Premier League fixtures.

    A number of other counties are currently doing similar with their Academy squads, with tours of India and Sri Lanka taking place.

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit a top score of 37 in three innings opening the batting for the England Lions during the one-day leg of their ongoing tour of Australia.

  • The Lions won three matches played against XIs of Cricket Australia and New South Wales, with two other fixtures rained off.

    Kohler-Cadmore was initially only in the one-day squad, though asked to stay on for two four-day matches following injuries within the original party.

    He did not play in a high-scoring draw against a CA XI, with the tour concluding at the MCG in Melbourne with a match against Australia A from Saturday.

    Meanwhile, former White Rose first-team coach Jason Gillespie has just concluded a 10-day spell as a coaching consultant with the Lions squad.

    WIDE!!!!

    Ben Birkhead, Yorkshire’s understudy wicketkeeper to Jonnys Bairstow and Tattersall, is ending his time in Australia impressively.

    Birkhead, who debuted in first-team colours in one-day cricket last May, is playing for the Kangaroo Flat club in the Bendigo area of Victoria and has posted scores of 50, 58 and 38 in his last three matches, also adding nine dismissals behind the stumps.

    Kangaroo Flat are currently fourth place in their competition, holding the last qualification place for the finals.

    Tom Loten is also playing grade cricket in Victoria, for Melbourne side Prahran – a higher standard of cricket – and has contributed in bit parts in the first grade.

    Both clubs are in finals contention, though the players are set to return to county duty shortly ahead of next month’s pre-season tour to Mumbai.

    In New Zealand, meanwhile, Josh Poysden is in the wickets for Burnside West Christchurch. In two-day and T20 cricket, he has struck 31 times in 12 appearances since heading Down Under shortly before Christmas.

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