County signs spinning ace

Yorkshire off-spinner Azeem Rafiq has joined Derbyshire CCC on loan for a month.

The 20-year-old former England Under 19s international made his debut in the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat against the Netherlands on Monday.

Rafiq has played seven first-class matches for Yorkshire plus a further 17 appearances in limited-overs cricket and 28 matches for England Under 19s.

Four Youth Test Match appearances brought two five-wickets hauls and two 50s for the youngster, who also notched a century in the second LV = County Championship appearance of his career.

Head of cricket John Morris said: “Azeem is a talented cricketer who gives us another option with the ball during an important month of cricket.

“Opportunities to play first team cricket have been limited at Yorkshire, but now he has the opportunity to compete for a place both in Championship and one-day cricket here at Derbyshire.”