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Darren Gough backs Shan Masood to take Yorkshire to greater heights

image-l762gryeShan Masood signs a 2-year deal with Yorkshire (PC: Twitter)

Yorkshire’s interim managing director, Darren Gough, is confident of Pakistani batter Shan Masood playing a defining role for the cricket club. Ahead of the 2023 season, Yorkshire made some crucial decisions as they snapped up Masood as one of their overseas signings.

The opening batter has signed a two-year deal with the club. It won’t be wrong to say that Masood’s performance for Derbyshire tempted Yorkshire to hand him a contract. The 32-year-old looked in good touch this season as he amassed a total of 1779 runs across all formats.

Gough hails Masood for his stint at Derbyshire

Speaking about their new signing, Gough mentioned that Masood’s international experience will be invaluable for the club. Notably, the Kuwait-born has represented Pakistan in 25 Tests and 5 One Day Internationals, scoring 1378 and 111 runs, respectively. He has an average of 29.3 and 22.2 in Tests and ODIs, respectively.

Gough said to Yorkshire Post,

“He’s a great senior player and we’ve seen from his performances with Derbyshire this year that he has what it takes to score a lot of runs in county cricket. His experiences from playing around the world, including international cricket with Pakistan, will be incredibly valuable to the squad we are building. We are absolutely delighted that he has opted to join us.”

Masood excited to work with Ottis Gibson again

With the contract with Yorkshire, Masood joins the league of former Pakistan skippers including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, and Sarfaraz Ahmed. It has been a dream for Masood to play at Headingley.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Yorkshire. To follow in the footsteps of the three Pakistan captains (Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, and Sarfaraz Ahmed) that have represented Yorkshire is really exciting. I’m looking forward to sharing a dressing room with some really talented players, including the current England players like Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Dawid Malan, and Harry Brook.”

The batter is also excited to work closely with Ottis Gibson, Yorkshire head coach. The two share a good camaraderie with each other as they previously worked together during the Pakistan Super League. Apart from having the ambition of winning trophies for the club, Masood is aiming for a comeback into the Pakistan’s cricket team.

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