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Younus Khan signs for Yorkshire

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Yorkshire have further strengthened their already formidable squad, ahead of the start to the new cricket season, by signing Pakistan international batsmen Younus Khan, reports Sky Sports.

The White Rose county have already captured the signatures of Australian duo Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell and are leaving no stone unturned as they bid to retain their County Championship title and also compete in the one-day cups.

April arrival 

Khan is due to arrive at Headingley in April and should be available for the opening County Championship game against Worcestershire at New Road on the 12th April.

He is no stranger to Yorkshire as he previously played for the county back in 2007 and enjoyed a very successful time. He played in 19 Championship games and scored a total of 824 runs at an average of over 48. The right-handed batsmen has also played in England for Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Surrey.

Khan will be Yorkshire's overseas player for the start of the season as Aaron Finch will be fulfilling his Indian Premier League commitments before arriving at Headingley and replacing the Pakistan star. Maxwell will also not arrive until later in the season.

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The 37-year-old will bring with him a host of experience. At international level Khan has played 96 Test matches and averages 53 in his 172 innings and is regarded as one of the best batsmen around.

Staying put 

In addition to the new overseas signings Yorkshire have also ensured that their home-grown players are committed to the club for the foreseeable future. During the winter Yorkshire have extended the contracts of some of their star names, Adam Lyth, Ryan Sidebottom and Alex Lees are just three of those who have put pen to paper.

Yorkshire are certainly trying to build on last season' success and have made some very impressive signings. Coach Jason Gillespie is looking to add more trophies to the club's already impressive history and the likes of Younus Khan are definitely going to help him in that cause.

Have any other counties strengthened their squads as well as Yorkshire during the winter months?

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