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Penning the latest deal with Pujara, Yorkshire will now have three of the top six Test batsmen – Root, Williamson and Pujara – in their 2018 squad.

In a major relief for Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara – who remained unsold in the IPL 2018 players’ auction – the Yorkshire County Cricket Club has signed the middle-order batsman for the 2018 England domestic season.

Pujara, who is set to arrive United Kingdom just in time for the Leeds Bradford MCCU fixture on April 7, will be returning to Yorkshire for his second stint with the club after turning out during 2015. Though the deal has been struck several weeks ago, the club delayed the announcement due to the Indian Premier League auctions.

“There is also potential for Pujara to stay on after the India’s summer Test tour to play the final home fixture against Hampshire (Sep 18) followed by the trip to New Road to face Worcestershire (Sep 24),” mentioned the club on its official website.

Penning the latest deal with Pujara, Yorkshire will now have three of the top six Test batsmen – Root (three), Williamson (four) and Pujara (six) – in their 2018 squad.

“I’m really excited to be able to have the opportunity to represent Yorkshire once again. It’s always nice to be able to come over here and play some County Cricket and I’m just as excited as I was last time to represent the Club. I love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the game and they made me feel very welcome. I know quite a few of the players, so I’ll just try to play my natural game and score plenty of runs for the Club,” said Pujara.

“It’s an honour for me to play for the same county as Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar and each time I’ve played county cricket it has improved me as a player. That’s the plan again in 2018. I just want to score as many runs as possible for Yorkshire and soak up as much as I can from the whole experience,” he added.

Director of Professional Cricket at Yorkshire Martyn Moxon said, “It goes without saying that Cheteshwar is a highly-driven individual and very skilled batsman. We’re delighted to have him on board. He proved to be a very likable character the last time he was with us and the plan is for him to relieve some of the pressure on the top order that we struggled with at times in 2017.”

“Just as he did in 2015, Pujara will relish the challenge of performing in English conditions. He’s very difficult to dislodge and will hopefully dominate the crease for us during his stay,” he added.

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