Derbyshire sign Rana Naved for Twenty20 competition

Derbyshire have secured the services of former Pakistan seamer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for this summer’s Friends Life t20.

The 33-year-old has a wealth of international experience having represented his country in 74 one-day internationals, 9 Tests and 4 Twenty20s.

He has played all around the world having amassed 75 appearances in total with Sialkot Stallions, Sussex Sharks, Yorkshire Carnegie, Tasmania Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes.

Rana has previously enjoyed spells in county cricket with Yorkshire and Sussex and has a wealth of T20 experience, recently topping the wicket-taking charts in Australia’s Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said, “We are delighted to secure the services of Rana who is a world-class bowler with vast experience and immense quality, as well as possessing tremendous striking ability with the bat.

“We wanted our second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 competition to be a game-changer and a match-winner.

“Rana’s performances throughout his career and in particular during the recent KFC Twenty20 Big Bash demonstrate that we have ticked those boxes with this signing.

“Our talented, young bowling contingent will also benefit immensely from the experience and know-how Rana will bring to the team, particularly with regards the tricks of the trade when it comes to bowling at the death.”

Chairman Chris Grant added, “To beat the attention of opposition counties to the signature of a standout overseas player in Rana Naved is a massive coup for the club.

“Rana has proved to be a charismatic character and an inspirational performer in Twenty20 cricket around the world, as well as boasting exceptional pedigree at one-day international level with Pakistan.

“Not only do I expect him to help us win matches, he is also a very entertaining player to watch. His skills and larger than life personality have added an extra dimension to Twenty20 nights in Hobart of late and I’m sure that will be replicated at the County Ground this summer.”

Naved will also be available for selection in Clydesdale Bank 40 and LV = County Championship cricket in the event of Usman Khawaja receiving and Australia A call-up in July.

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