Arthur excited by ‘Finch Factor’

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Yorkshire’s short-term signing of Aussie big hitter Aaron Finch will enable them to compete on all three fronts next season, chief executive Mark Arthur believes.

The Headingley club have secured the signing of Finch - who blasted a world-record Twenty20 score of 158 against England last year - for their NatWest T20 Blast campaign, which gets underway against Northamptonshire on May 16.

Yorkshire won only two of their ten Twenty20 matches last season as they finished second in the County Championship, and Arthur said: “Planning started last year when we were found wanting in the T20.

“Perhaps there was an over-concentration on the Championship. However, with the new structure, we believe we are now able to compete in all three competitions.

“We are determined to be very competitive this season. We’ve got one of the largest squads, which we have to have because of the England call-ups.”

Alongside the likes of Finch and Kane Williamson, Yorkshire’s other overseas player, Kevin Pietersen will line up for Surrey in the competition, which will see the majority of fixtures played on Friday evenings.

“I think the competition will really take off this year, with us signing Finch, and the likes of Pietersen being available,” Arthur added.

“I just hope the members are as excited as we are. There are lots of exciting crickets, but Aaron is one of probably a handful who can get people to say ‘I’m going to watch him play#.

“That was part of the attraction: we want to win of course, but we also want to excite the Yorkshire public, and we believe Aaron is capable of that.”