Thursday 27 September 2007 

Rana Naved Moves To Yorkshire

Pakistan international fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has joined Yorkshire, signing a two-year deal which will keep him at Headingley until 2009.

Naved has spent three successful seasons at champion county Sussex, and has played in 9 test matches, 62 one-day internationals and 2 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan since making his debut in 2003.

Sussex released the bowler after deciding to retain Mushtaq Ahmed as their one overseas player for 2008, with new rules coming in to force which only allow the one overseas player per county.

Commenting on the move, he said, "I’m really looking forward to playing for Yorkshire. I know the county very well after playing club cricket here a few years ago and like the place and people very much. I’m excited about the challenges ahead over the next two years and look forward to playing a big part in moving Yorkshire further up the table in all competitions and winning silverware for the Club.”

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Professional Cricket, added, “We have signed someone who is a proven wicket-taker. He has had a tremendous time at Sussex and is someone who can offer us a great deal both on and off the pitch. He has a massive amount of international and county experience. He knows county cricket and I am sure we can all learn from him over the next two seasons.”

Yorkshire’s chief executive, Stewart Regan, said, “Rana Naved is undoubtedly a quality signing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He has a fabulous track record as a fast bowler and will complement our existing bowling attack next year. We have signed him for two years subject to medical checks on his injured right shoulder which will take place in early December 2007. We are confident that, following physiotherapy over the last two weeks at Sussex, he will make a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming him to Headingley Carnegie in March next year.”

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