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Yorkshire’s new captain is a Pakistan international batter who set the LV= Insurance County Championship alight last summer whilst playing for Derbyshire.
Left-handed Shan Masood scored 1,074 runs in only eight matches, including back-to-back April double centuries against Sussex and Leicestershire.
Masood, now 33, averaged 60.38 across all cricket for the county, with his haul of 1,872 runs in 29 matches seeing him post 12 fifties and go beyond 100 on three occasions.
It was form which attracted the attention of Ottis Gibson and Darren Gough, ultimately attracting him to Headingley on a two-year overseas deal.
Born in Kuwait, Masood studied at Durham University and played three matches for them in 2011. One of them was against Yorkshire at the Racecourse ground, the game in which wicketkeeper Barney Gibson became the youngest English first-class cricketer aged 15 years and 27 days.
By that stage, Masood had already debuted in first-class cricket in Pakistan, for Karachi Whites in October 2007.
He has since gone on to top 9,000 runs with 21 centuries, with four of those scored in 25 Test Matches.
He has played all forms of international cricket for Pakistan, most recently against England in the final of the T20 World Cup in Melbourne in November 2022.
Masood’s white ball game has developed in more recent years through appearances in the Pakistan Super League, a competition which he won in 2021 with Multan Sultans. Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson has worked as an assistant coach for the same team in recent years.
Nicknamed Shaani, he made his Test debut in 2013, his ODI debut in 2019 and his T20 debut in in 2022.
At time of writing, he had only played 49 times for Pakistan across the three formats, indicating that he is not a first-team regular. That gives Yorkshire hope they will see a lot of the affable run-getter across the next two summers.
His 239 for Derbyshire against Sussex in the Championship in April represents a career best first-class score, while he has a List A best of 182 and a T20 best of 103 not out.
He is likely to open the batting for Yorkshire in Championship cricket, though he is a versatile player and could bat three or four in the Blast and one-day Cup.
Masood’s Test best of 156 came in a three-wicket defeat against England at Old Trafford during the behind closed doors Covid summer series in 2020.
Steve Patterson’s replacement as skipper will now be hoping to shine on the right side of the Pennines.