CHETESHWAR PUJARA is returning for a second spell at Yorkshire.

The 30-year-old India star, who will share overseas duties with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, is set to arrive just in time for the Leeds-Bradford MCCU fixture on April 7.

A deal for the Rajkot-born right-hander was struck several weeks ago but Yorkshire's announcement was purposely delayed until after the Indian Premier League auction.

During that time, the Board of Control for Cricket in India have scheduled a one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bangalore from June 14-18.

Pujara is set to depart for his home country after the Royal London 50-over match at Lancashire but will return in time for the trip to Hampshire in the County Championship on June 20.

There is also potential for Pujara to stay on after India's summer Test tour in England to play Yorkshire's final home fixture against Hampshire (September 18), followed by their trip to New Road to face Worcestershire (September 24).

The addition of a second overseas player means Yorkshire will have three of the top six Test batsmen on their staff in 2018, with Joe Root (three), Williamson (four) and Pujara (six).

"I'm really excited to be able to have the opportunity to represent Yorkshire once again," said Pujara, who first played for the county in 2015.

"It's always nice to be able to come over here and play some county cricket and I'm just as excited as I was last time to represent the club.

"I love the passion the people of Yorkshire have for the game and they made me feel very welcome.

"I know quite a few of the players, so I'll just try to play my natural game and score plenty of runs for the club.

"It's an honour for me to play for the same county as Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar and each time I've played county cricket it has improved me as a player.

"That's the plan again in 2018. I just want to score as many runs as possible for Yorkshire and soak up as much as I can from the whole experience."

Pujara, who delivered a record-breaking 12th double century of his 12-year career towards the end of 2017, averages 56.68 in first-class cricket.

His County Championship record stands at 816 runs with three half-centuries and as many hundreds. One of each came in Yorkshire colours during the early stages of the club's second successive Championship-winning year.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: "It goes without saying that Cheteshwar is a highly-driven individual and very skilled batsman. We're delighted to have him on board.

"He proved to be a very likeable character the last time he was with us and the plan is for him to relieve some of the pressure on the top order that we struggled with at times in 2017.

"Just as he did in 2015, Pujara will relish the challenge of performing in English conditions. He's very difficult to dislodge and will hopefully dominate the crease for us during his stay."

* In association with Yorkshire CCC