County news April 23, 2011

Azeem Rafiq joins Derbyshire on loan

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Yorkshire offspinner and former England Under-19 captain Azeem Rafiq has joined Derbyshire on loan for a month.

Rafiq, 20, could make his debut in the CB40 match against the Netherlands on Monday. He has played seven first-class matches for Yorkshire plus a further 17 appearances in limited-overs cricket and 28 matches for England Under 19s.

Four Youth Test appearances brought two five-wicket hauls and two fifties for Rafiq, who also notched a century in the second County Championship appearance of his career against Worcestershire in 2009.

He hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2010 after a foul-mouthed outburst on Twitter against his Under-19 coach, John Abraham, but his arrival in Derbyshire was welcomed by their head of cricket, John Morris.

"Azeem is a talented cricketer who gives us another option with the ball during an important month of cricket," said Morris. "Opportunities to play first team cricket have been limited at Yorkshire, but now he has the opportunity to compete for a place both in Championship and one-day cricket here at Derbyshire."