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Younis Khan

Younis Khan

Yorkshire have announced the signing of Younis Khan on a one-year agreement, the club's first overseas player from Pakistan.

He will join Yorkshire immediately after the World Cup, scheduled to finish at the end of April 2007.

Younis has a fantastic track record and is already on the honours board at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium following his outstanding performance in the 2006 Test against England.

In a match that saw Pakistan lose by 167 runs Younis scored 173 in the first innings, put on 363 for the third wicket with Mohammad Yousuf (192), and was also top scorer with 41 in a disappointing second innings. His immense contribution brought Younis the npower man of the match award.

Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan said: "Without doubt, Younis Khan is one of the leading batsmen in the world and we are delighted to have secured his signature.

“The deal would not have been possible without the financial support of ABDN The Minority Ethnic Enterprise Network and we are extremely grateful for their assistance.

“We hope that this signing will act as a catalyst for the club to strengthen links with the significant Asian presence in Yorkshire and we look forward to generating additional support in 2007 and beyond."

Younis added: "I know that players like Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard play at Yorkshire and also legends such as Geoffrey Boycott and Sir Leonard Hutton played there many years ago.

"It will be an honour to follow these cricketers and play at Headingley Carnegie."

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