County news October 3, 2008

Rafiq signs three-year Yorkshire deal

Cricinfo staff

Azeem Rafiq, the 17-year-old offspinner who was at the centre of a registration mix-up during the season, has signed a three-year deal with Yorkshire.

Rafiq caused controversy in June when he was found to be ineligible for Yorkshire, having been handed his first-team debut for the Twenty20 Cup group match against Nottinghamshire, at Trent Bridge.

Yorkshire, who qualified for the quarter-finals, were subsequently thrown out of the competition after their match against Durham was called off half-an-hour before the start.

Gary Ballance, the former Zimbabwe Under-19 allrounder, has also signed a three-year contract after impressing for the second XI.