The Yorkshire County Cricket Club on Friday announced that Adil Rashid and Gary Ballance have signed contract extensions with the club.
While leg-spinner Rashid has committed himself to the team for the next two seasons in white-ball terms, Ballance batsman has extended his contract for another three seasons across all formats. Meaning that the players will stay at Emerald Headingley until the end of the 2023 and 2024 seasons, respectively.
Adil Rashid, who has 232 wickets in T20 cricket and 65 in international T20 matches, is a valuable player of the club. He is currently engaged in the IPL 2021, playing for the Punjab Kings. He has been named in England’s T20 World Cup squad and will join them after the completion of the tournament.
The contract extension of Ballance seemed likely to leave the club earlier in the summer as he was approached by several other county teams including Middlesex. However, due to a successful campaign for Yorkshire Vikings’ Vitality Blast, last season as he hit a half-century in the quarter-final against Sussex Sharks. Therefore, he has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club.
The 31-year-old averages 47.31 in First-Class cricket and finished the season with a century at Hampshire followed by a half-century against Warwickshire at Emerald Headingley.
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “I am delighted that both players have committed their futures to the club. Adil and Gary are very important players to the team and we look forward to them further contributing for years to come.
“Both players have been at Yorkshire for many years and have played in some of the most high-pressured matches in world cricket. Their experience and influence are hugely beneficial to the young squad that we are developing across all three competitions.”