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Yohan Blake wants to join Yorkshire Cricket Club

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Yohan Blake has revealed he wants to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club when he has retired from athletics.

The Jamaican, who is the second fastest man ever over 100m with a time of 9.69s, used to play cricket at school, and has even gone as far as saying will hold talks with the club, reports BBC Sport.

"I've been wanting to play for Yorkshire or in England," he said. "After running, I'll put my mind to that.

"We have some talks with some of the people and we are looking for it."

And it would seem it is something the County side would be welcome to. They tweeted Blake: "Let's get that sorted; come and have a net with us."

The 2011 World Champion already plays the sport for Kingston Cricket Club in the off season and claims he regularly bowls over 85mph.

His electrifying speed when running the 100m and 200m would suggest that could probably be true, and as 'The Beast' - a nickname given to him by training partner, Usain Bolt - is planning to retire from the track at the age of 29, he certainly could have some years left to play cricket.

Yorkshire may face some competition for his signature, though. Australian club side Sydney Sixers have previously expressed an interest in Blake, and if his claims are true, there would probably be a few other sides interested in him as well.

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