Dimuth Karunaratne joins Yorkshire for short-term Championship stint

Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s Check captain, has signed for Yorkshire on a short-term deal, with the primary of his three LV= County Championship appearances on account of happen towards Northamptonshire at Wantage Street on Thursday.

Karunaratne, 33, is presently the No.5-ranked Check batter on the earth, and has loved a prolific run of kind in current months, with 5 centuries in his final eight Exams, together with a career-best 244 towards Bangladesh at Pallekele in April 2021.

In all he has scored 5,620 Check runs at 39.57, with a complete of 14 a whole bunch, and appears set to kind a left-handed opening partnership with Adam Lyth on the prime of Yorkshire’s batting card.

“We’re delighted that Dimuth will likely be becoming a member of us for the subsequent three Championship video games,” Darren Gough, Yorkshire’s interim director of cricket, stated. “He has confirmed himself to be an distinctive chief for Sri Lanka and is an incredible Check-match batter.

“It could possibly solely profit the lads in our altering rooms to have a participant of his high quality and I am certain they are going to all get quite a bit from it. I am assured he’ll contribute runs and revel in his time at Yorkshire.”

Karunaratne is the third Asian abroad signing made by Yorkshire this season, following a winter of off-field turmoil within the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism. Haris Rauf, the Pakistani quick bowler, has signed for no less than the primary six matches of the Championship season, whereas Shadab Khan, the legspinning allrounder, will be part of for the Vitality Blast.

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