Wednesday 2 November 2011 

Naved Arif Signs One-Year Contract Extension

Naved Arif Signs One-Year Contract Extension
Naved Arif Signs One-Year Contract Extension
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Sussex seamer Naved Arif Gondal has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

The Pakistani-born left-armer joined Sussex last year as a Kolpak signing and became a regular fixture in their limited overs side appearing in 16 matches and taking 10 wickets. He also took 15 wickets in his four LV= County Championship appearances, as well as hitting an unbeaten century against Lancashire.

Arif, who has since featured for Pakistani domestic side Sialkot Stallions in the Faysal Bank T20, said of his new contract, “I want to say thank you to Sussex for keeping faith in me. I know I have so much more to give the team in 2012 and I aim to establish myself as a regular. I enjoyed my first year but I have to show the consistent form to be selected to play in all forms all the time, which I will do.”

Sussex’s professional cricket manager Mark Robinson added, “I'm delighted that Naved has agreed to come back for another year. Despite his age, he is still in many ways inexperienced. He is still learning and has got lots more to give.”

Other County News In Brief:

Ross Whiteley has been awarded Derbyshire’s NBC Denis Compton Award.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is to have corrective surgery on his troublesome finger in the USA, meaning that he will miss the England Lions tour in the New Year. In other Durham news, the club have confirmed that they are awaiting the outcome of a second ankle operation before deciding whether to offer injury-ravaged seamer Mark Davies a new contract.

Leicestershire have offered Paul Nixon the job of batting coach at Grace Road. Surrey are also thought to be interested in the services of the former England wicket-keeper.

Charl Willoughby has left Somerset by mutual consent. He has been linked with a move to Essex.

Former Yorkshire all-rounder Craig White, who announced his decision not to reapply for his coaching position at the club yesterday, has set his sights on being an international umpire.

Warwickshire CCC have donated £75,000 to local charity Cure Leukaemia. The money was raised from ticket sales at this summer’s Test match against India. 

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