Yorkshire keen to re-sign West Indies captain Shai Hope for start of County Championship season.

Yorkshire are trying to re-sign West Indies captain Shai Hope for the start of the 2024 County Championship season.

Hope featured twice for the club earlier this year, hitting 83 on debut against Leicestershire and adding an unbeaten half-century at Sussex.

The 30-year-old proved extremely popular with the Yorkshire players during his brief stay and the coaching staff led by Darren Gough and Ottis Gibson placed him at the top of their wishlist when looking at overseas recruits for next year, believing he possesses the cool head they require in the middle order.

But with uncertainty over the availability of Shan Masood, following his appointment as Pakistan Test captain, and Dawid Malan, who said prior to being axed by England that he wanted to play white-ball only, Yorkshire could find room for both men across the seven Championship matches scheduled for the opening two months of the campaign.

The other issue is whether the form Hope showed on Sunday in hitting his fastest international hundred persuades the selectors he should be in Windies’ Twenty20 World Cup plans – preparation for that tournament begins next May and would clash with the proposed county deal.

Despite an outstanding ODI record – of those to have scored at least 2,500 career runs, his average of 51.52 places him fifth – he has previously struggled to make an impact in the shortest format, appearing in just eight of the past 68 T20 internationals.

West Indies name their squad to face England in a five-match Twenty20 series on Wednesday.

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