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Yorkshire’s overseas rota limited to Kane Williamson
Chief executive Mark Arthur says Yorkshire will only play with one overseas player during next season’s NatWest Twenty20 tournament.
New Zealander Kane Williamson has been signed up as the county’s full-time overseas player, allowing him to play in all competitions.
But the White Rose will pass up the opportunity to supplement his capture with that of a specialist Twenty20 signing such as South African ace David Miller, who was missed so badly during 2013.
That is not to say Miller’s return to Headingley in 2014 has been completely ruled out because Williamson is expected to be missing for up to two months because the Kiwis have a tour to the West Indies pencilled in between mid-May and mid-July.
If Williamson travels to the Caribbean, Yorkshire will then look to employ a replacement overseas who is more suited to 20-over cricket.
“We’ve already got Kane Williamson signed up, and he can play in all forms of cricket,” said Arthur, pictured right.
“If Kane is missing, we will look to bring in somebody to plug that gap. What I won’t do is bring in a second overseas player because we don’t have the financial resources to do that.
“We have to give ourselves every opportunity, obviously. Miller was a miss this year, but Kane will be our overseas player for the whole season. If he has to go to the West Indies on tour with New Zealand, we will probably look to bring in a T20 specialist if one is available.
“What you also have to understand is that we have a very special dressing room, and we want to bring in the right person as well as the right cricketer into the Yorkshire dressing room because the camaraderie there is the best I’ve seen in 23 years of professional sport.”
Yorkshire only won five out of 22 matches in both forms of limited overs cricket during the most recent campaign – two out of ten in Twenty20 and three out of 12 in 40-over cricket.
But Arthur is confident of an improvement next summer, especially given that 50-over cricket will replace the YB40 competition.
Summing up the season as a whole, he added: “I was very pleased with the Championship performance having come up from the second division.
“To end in second place, I think everybody would have accepted that at the start of the season.
“On the one-day game, I think we all admit we came up short.
“There were very fine margins in the T20 version, and we’ll be looking to improve next year.
“We also believe we’re probably better suited with the squad of players that we’ve got to the 50-over game than we were to the 40-overs.
“That said, we gave a lot of very talented young cricketers a taste of first-team cricket. They now know what is ahead of them and what it takes to be a first-team cricketer for Yorkshire.
“With so many international call-ups, I’m sure they'll get a chance again.”
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