Yorkshire’s new signing Jack Brooks has agreed to play for Pudsey Congs in the JCT600 Bradford League this summer when county commitments allow.
The England Lions fast bowler’s appearances for the Britannia Ground side will be sporadic through 2013, but it is nonetheless a coup for last season’s sixth-placed finishers in Division One.
The deal for the 28-year-old Oxford-born player was brokered by cricket chairman Ralph Middlebrook, the father of Northamptonshire off-spinner James, a former team-mate of Brooks’s at Wantage Road.
Brooks is one of two new winter recruits to the fast bowling department at Headingley alongside Liam Plunkett, and he could play for the county against the MCC in a 50-over match this June as part of the county’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
It was confirmed yesterday that the match will take place at Headingley on June 26, starting at 11am.
The clash has been scheduled for three days after the Champions Trophy final to give the MCC the best chance to field a star-studded team.
“We expect a very competitive match featuring some world-class talent,” said Yorkshire’s executive chairman Colin Graves.
“Out of all the events planned in our sesquicentennial year, this will be the one where the vast majority of members and cricket fans from across the county can bask in the history and glory of our great club.”
Meanwhile, the county will step up their search for a new chief executive now that Graves has been nominated for the role of the ECB’s deputy chairman.
Yorkshire have been without a chief executive since Stewart Regan left for the Scottish FA in 2010, although Graves took on the title of executive chairman last summer.
They will advertise for the role inside a fortnight.
The county will also announce their new one-day team name at the Jorvik Centre in York tomorrow.