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  • David Wiese, Yorkshire’s overseas all-rounder for the Vitality Blast in 2023, will bring both an explosive brand of cricket to Headingley plus bagfuls of experience.

    Born in South Africa with a Namibian father, the soon to be 38-year-old has played international cricket for both African nations, most recently Namibia at the last two T20 World Cups in the UAE and Australia.

    He helped them reach the main group stage of the former tournament, but unfortunately they just missed out in the latter.

    At the start of 2023, he will add to his 314 career T20 appearances when he lines up in the new UAE T20 League, with his current record bringing him 3,666 runs and 251 wickets.

    If you can think of a T20 league around the world, the chances are that Yorkshire’s new signing has played in it; appearances have come at the IPL, in South Africa, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

    He bats down the order with a clear aiming of clearing the boundaries late in an innings, while he also bowls canny seamers with great effect. He remains a very good fielder.

    In 2022, he won two short-form titles. He won the Pakistan Super League with Lahore Qalandars alongside Harry Brook as well as the Abu Dhabi T10 League with Deccan Gladiators.

    He also played for the Headingley based Northern Superchargers in the Hundred, enjoying a productive spell with 151 runs and seven wickets in seven games.

    Wiese, a tall cricketer with long levers, spent six seasons at Sussex between 2016 and 2021, both as an overseas player and a Kolpak.

    He will join Pakistan international batter Shan Masood, Yorkshire’s new captain, as an overseas player in the Blast.

    Wiese has played 124 first-class matches, the last of which came in a Sussex shirt in September 2020.

    He made his T20 international debut for South Africa in August 2013 and his one-day international debut two years later.

    Wiese made the last appearance for the Proteas in 2016, only to return to the international arena in late 2021 for the Namibians – just in time for the T20 World Cup.

    A blistering 66 not out in a qualifying win over the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi helped them qualify for the Super 12s stage, where they faced the likes of Pakistan, New Zealand and India.

    Unfortunately, despite clobbering a similarly destructive 55 in the final qualifying game against the UAE in Geelong 12 months later, it wasn’t enough to secure a repeat advance to the Super 12s stage of the competition in Australia.

    Wiese has not only been signed to add runs and wickets to the Vikings’ pursuit of a maiden Blast title, he has also been recruited as a guiding hand for an emerging Yorkshire T20 team.