Cape Town - India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will warm-up for his
country's tour to England later this year by playing a stint with Yorkshire in
the County Championship.
Pujara went unsold in the IPL auction and will therefore be
available to play in England at the start of the County Championship season in
India have a one-off Test scheduled against Afghanistan in
Bangalore from 14-18 June with the right-hander set to return to Yorkshire
ahead of a five-match Test series in England that starts in August.
Pujara said: "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 love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the
"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
The 30-year-old Pujara has had previous stints in county
cricket with Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
He has scored three centuries and three fifties in England's
domestic first-class competition.
Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "It
goes without saying that Cheteshwar is a highly-driven individual and very
"We're delighted to have him on board. 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."