Yorkshire could hand Ben Mike debut in clash with Essex after joining a year earlier than planned


Yorkshire could hand Ben Mike his debut in their County Championship clash with Essex after paying compensation to sign the all-rounder a year earlier than planned

  • Yorkshire could give County Championship debut to all-rounder Ben Mike 
  • The club signed the 24-year-old a year earlier than planned from Leicestershire
  • He agreed to join in 2023 but Yorkshire paid a compensation fee bring it forward
  • Mike could make his first appearance for Yorkshire against Essex on Monday

Yorkshire could hand Ben Mike a debut in the County Championship fixture against Essex on Monday after accelerating his move to the club.

Mike, 24, was due to switch from Leicestershire on a three-year deal from 2023 but trained with his new team-mates at Headingley on Sunday after Yorkshire agreed to pay a compensation fee for his early release.

Although he will not return to Grace Road, the all-rounder is officially on loan and will boost selection options for the relegation-threatened club’s final three Division One fixtures of the season.

Yorkshire could hand Ben Mike his debut in the County Championship match against Essex

Mike has already trained with his team mates at Headingly ahead of the game against Essex

Mike has already trained with his team mates at Headingly ahead of the game against Essex

The move was triggered when Leicestershire made it clear they would not consider fielding Mike in matches once his impending switch was made public three weeks ago.

Yorkshire are 25 points clear of the Championship’s drop zone but face in-form Essex and title-chasing Surrey without any of their England internationals or overseas players.

Mike has 79 wickets and 10 half-centuries in 36 first-class appearances and will provide fresh legs, having sat on the bench for Trent Rockets throughout the Hundred, to a young squad showing signs of fatigue as the season nears its end.

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