Yorkshire County Cricket Club have secured 10 players on new contracts as preparations continue for the start of 2015 campaign and England top-order batsman Joe Root has signed a two-year extension until 2016.
The Sheffielder is joined by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd and leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who will play their cricket at Yorkshire until at least 2016.
“It is important to keep the squad together as much as we possibly can,” said Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.
“We have had some success over the last few years, but from our point of view it is only the start and we want to be successful over a period of time. To get the core of the squad signed up for at least the next 12 months is very important.”
Bradford-born seamer Moin Ashraf has signed a one-year agreement until the end of next season. The 22-year-old will spend the winter playing grade cricket in Adelaide and will depart for the southern hemisphere on Friday. Ashraf, who featured heavily in Yorkshire’s dominance of T20 cricket in 2012, will be looking to reach his full potential over the next 12 months after two years of failing to break into the first team on a regular basis.
“It is fair to say that Moin has had a couple of disappointing years,” said Moxon.
“He has been working hard in the close season on his overall fitness and a winter in Australia will do him good. He just needs to be training and playing as much as he can. He hasn’t had regular cricket because of injuries and various other things. It is an important season for him and I want him challenging to be amongst our senior squad. He has shown in previous seasons that he can perform at the highest level and he needs to find a way of recapturing that form.”
Yorkshire have rewarded three players – slow left-armer Karl Carver and seamers Matthew Fisher and Josh Shaw – with professional contracts. The trio featured prominently with the England under 19s during the summer have signed two-year deals.
Moxon believes their youthful exuberance has been positive during winter training.
“The young lads have brought energy and freshness to training so far,” he said.
“They have impressed in fitness sessions and are eager to be part of our plans next season. They’ll be getting up to speed with the rigours of professional cricket and I have no doubt that they will put pressure on the rest of the squad for a spot in in the first team at some stage. They are very talented and they will be ready when required.”
James Wainman has signed a one-year extension until the end of next season. After two seasons of frustration through injuries, the Harrogate-born seamer is back to full fitness and Moxon believes he has bright future at the Club.
“James has had a number of injuries, which has hampered his progression over the last couple of years,” added Moxon.
“He returned to full fitness last season and bowled really well in the second team. He just needs to continue his development. We have high hopes for James and I don’t feel there is particular pressure on him. He just needs to get plenty of overs under his belt and keep working on his skills.”Meanwhile, youngsters Eliot Callis and Ryan Gibson have signed senior Academy contracts respectively until the end of 2015.