Dimuth Karunaratne to play for Yorkshire in County Championship

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Sri Lanka’s Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has signed a three-match deal with Yorkshire in this year’s county championship.

His first match will be against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road starting Thursday.

Karunaratne has been a prolific run-scorer with the bat for Sri Lanka in Tests and is No. 5 in the batting charts.

He has even hit five tons in the last eight Test matches, his last being a career-best 244 against Bangladesh at Pallekele in April 2021.

Karunaratne has amassed 5,620 runs at an average of 39.57 in Tests and has a total of 14 tons.

He will now form the opening partner with Adam Lyth in the Yorkshire playing XI.

Darren Gough, interim Director of Cricket at Yorkshire, expressed his pleasure in welcoming Karunaratne to their side.

He also said that having a player of Karunaratne’s stature will surely increase the confidence of youngsters.

Additionally, Gough said that they will get to learn a lot from him in terms of batting.

This is Yorkshire’s third signing of the season, the first two being Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan of Pakistan.

Rauf will play six county matches for Yorkshire while Shadab Khan will only make his appearance in the Vitality Blast tournament.

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