Injury rules out teen ace for month

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YORKSHIRE spinner Azeem Rafiq is set to be sidelined for several weeks after suffering an injury in their latest Twenty20 defeat.

The 19-year-old off-spinner from Barnsley pulled a hamstring when trying to stop a boundary during the Notts innings as Yorkshire slipped to a six wicket defeat at Headingley on Sunday.

He has had the injury examined and Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon expects Rafiq to be sidelined for up to a month, possibly for even longer.

By then Rafiq, who plays for Barnsley CC when not in county action (his brother Dan also plays for the Shaw Lane club), had completed his four over stint, taking 1-39.

His absence means that Yorkshire have recalled left arm spinner David Wainwright less than a week after he went on loan to Derbyshire.

In the match against Notts, for which Ryan Sidebottom pulled outh against his former club due to illness, Yorkshire gave a debut to 26-year-old right arm pace bowler Iain Wardlaw who plays for Bradford League side Cleckheaton. He took 2-17 off 3.1 overs.

Yorkshire’s next Twenty20 action is tomorrow against Leicestershire at Headingley (5.40) They are at Durham on Friday (5.30) with the return clash at Scarborough on Sunday (2.30).