Yorkshire have been handed a further boost ahead of the 2015 season after the County Champions confirmed that New Zealand star Kane Williamson will return to Headingley for the new campaign.
Williamson, currently on World Cup duty in his native country and Australia, will return for the final month of the 2015 season when Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell, two of Yorkshire’s other overseas stars, join up with Australia’s limited-overs squads for matches against England in August and September.
Maxwell is signed up for the duration of Yorkshire’s T20 campaign, while Finch will spend the season at Headingley after his IPL commitments cease. In the meantime, Pakistan batsman Younis Khan will fill in... meaning Yorkshire have more overseas stars than any other county as things stand.
“I’m delighted to be returning to Yorkshire for my third spell,” said Williamson.
“I have enjoyed my time over the last couple of years and to be given the opportunity to return to the Club is great. There is a brilliant culture at Yorkshire and it is a real privilege to be part of it.
“There is a good vibe around the place and you do get a sense we are progressing nicely. The title victory from last season was a major achievement. After speaking to the players, I know they are keen to get off to a positive start and really make a strong defence of the Championship.
“Hopefully when I arrive, at the back end of the season, I can contribute to team performances as much as possible and help in our efforts to defend the Championship. There is a lot of cricket to be played with New Zealand beforehand, but I look forward to joining Yorkshire soon.”
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon added: “It is satisfying that we now have full coverage of world-class overseas players for the forthcoming season.
“Re-signing Kane at the back end of the campaign is the final jigsaw in the piece. Kane was eager to come back and we are grateful to New Zealand Cricket for giving him the time to play for us in what will be a busy summer of international cricket.
“He is such a fantastic talent and his presence in the dressing room has been vital in our success over recent times.
“Kane is already regarded as one of the best top-order batsmen in the world and his dominance both domestically and internationally has been the catalyst to Yorkshire’s progression in county cricket and New Zealand’s on the international stage.”