Sporting Digest: Cricket

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YORKSHIRE are to invite Asians playing cricket in the county to take part in an inter-league competition for under-21s, organised by the club. The predominantly Asian Quaid-e- Azam League has accepted the offer to enter next year's White Rose Trophy. Meanwhile, the county's England pair, Darren Gough and Craig White, have signed new four-year contracts.

JOHN STEPHENSON, the Essex all- rounder unhappy at being overlooked as a successor to the captain Graham Gooch, is considering joining Hampshire. The 29-year-old opener, who won his only Test cap in 1989, is due to meet Hampshire officials in Southampton.

RAIN has forced a two-day delay until Thursday in the second Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.