Sachin said grab Yorkshire with both hands: Yuvraj
Published: Friday, May 9, 2003, 21:04 [IST]
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Yuvraj could toe Sachin to Yorkshire
Leeds: English county Yorkshire on Friday signed India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to replace injured Australian Matthew Elliott as its overseas player. The 21-year-old has yet to play a Test match for India but his powerful stroke-play, occasional left-arm spin and dynamic fielding made him a key component of the India side which reached the World Cup final in South Africa in March. Yuvraj has yet to play in a Test match but has made 73 One-day International appearances with 1644 runs at an average of 31.01 and taking 23 wickets with his left-arm spin. He has signed a one-year deal and is due to arrive at Headingley next Thursday and makes his debut in the National League fixture against Leicestershire on Sunday, May 18. "I am thrilled with the offer and I think it will be a great experience," said Yuvraj who will become the second Indian player to feature for Yorkshire following in the footsteps of Sachin Tendulkar who was the county's first overseas star in 1992. "Sachin told me that I would enjoy it at Yorkshire and that I should take the opportunity with both hands," Yuvraj told the BBC. "I think everybody should have the experience of playing county cricket." Yorkshire had planned to sign just one overseas player for 2003 but Elliott's injury and England all-rounder Craig White's rib surgery, meant they had to act. Elliott, 31, a former Australian Test player, has been bothered by a long-standing knee injury and will return home in an effort to cure the problem. "Everything has been amicable and we have every sympathy with Matthew," said Yorkshire director of cricket Geoff Cope. "Signing Yuvraj was originally an insurance policy as a second overseas player to cope with the England calls we expect this summer. Now he is our number one - which brings extra pressure." The club also revealed that Elliott has been released on compassionate grounds as his brother-in-law has been battling a terminal illness. "Matthew came across carrying an injury," said chief executive Colin Graves. "He has never trained or been able to practise and on Tuesday he came in and said the problem had got worse. We decided it was best for him to return to Australia and to get the problem identified and put right."