England batsman Dawid Malan has signed a four-year contract with Yorkshire, bringing an end to a 13-year spell at Middlesex.
The move comes after the 32-year-old resigned as Middlesex captain at the end of the 2019 season, having led the club over the course of the last two years.
Malan made his Middlesex debut in 2006, and was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2019. Under his leadership this year, the club finished eighth in Division Two and reached the knockout stages of both the Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.
The left-hander’s contract at Middlesex was due to expire at the end of the 2021 season, but Middlesex agreed to his request to be released. Malan, who has 11,229 first-class runs to his name, said that he was ready for “a new adventure” with Yorkshire.
“I have enjoyed 13 happy and successful years at Middlesex, and I am hugely grateful to everyone at the club – staff, players and supporters – for their support during this period. I am privileged to have played for so long,” said Malan.
“However, this feels like the right time to start a new adventure, and I am excited by the prospect of joining another great club in English cricket.”
Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “It is a fantastic signing for us. As soon as we realised that Dawid had the potential to leave Middlesex, he was a player that we always wanted to speak to. He fits the mould of what we are looking for.
“It is fair to say that we have lacked consistency with the bat for a number of years. We have looked at bringing people in for a while, but it had to fit the right mould for us.
“We needed somebody with experience and Dawid has got Test experience. Not so long ago, we were watching him score runs for England in the Ashes.
“Hopefully, with his experience, it will give us a bit more consistency with the bat.”
Malan is currently with the England squad for the ongoing five-match T20I series assignment in New Zealand and will join his new club at the end of the month to begin preparations for the 2020 season.