May 9, 2003

Yorkshire confirm Yuvraj signing

Wisden CricInfo Staff

Yorkshire have confirmed the signing of Yuvraj Singh as their second overseas player for the 2003 county season.

The decision was made following injuries to their other overseas player, Australia's Matthew Elliott, and all-rounder Craig White. White is expected to be out of action for three months after undergoing a rib operation, while Elliott, who is carrying a long-standing knee injury and whose brother-in-law is battling a terminal illnees, is also expected to take a relatively long break.

Yuvraj becomes the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to play for Yorkshire. He is expected to arrive in Headingley on Thursday and will make his Yorkshire debut in a Sunday League game against Leicestershire on May 18.

"Sachin told me that I would enjoy it at Yorkshire and that I should take the opportunity with both hands," Yuvraj told BBC Radio Five Live later.

"I think everybody should have the experience of playing county cricket," he added.

Yuvraj has yet to play Test cricket, but he has 73 ODI caps to his name, and was a key component of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final.