Overseas pace bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will be returning to The Yorkshire County Cricket Club in early April to fulfil the second year of his 2-year contract.
There had been some doubt surrounding Rana’s return to the club as his previous appearances in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League (ICL) could have jeopardised Yorkshire Carnegie’s chances of qualifying for the ICC Champions League should the club have made the final of the 2009 domestic Twenty20 Cup. In 2008 the Middlesex Crusaders were not permitted to progress to the Champions League after fielding players with ICL connections hence Yorkshire Carnegie were keen to avoid a similar fate.
Latest feedback from the administrators of the Champions League indicate a relaxation of the rules relating to eligibility and only sides playing ICL players in the 2009 domestic Twenty20 Cup will be unable to participate in the competition. Consequently, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will play for Yorkshire in the Friends Provident Trophy, NatWest Pro40 and the LV County Championship, but not the Twenty20 Cup in the coming season.
Yorkshire will not be seeking to recruit a Twenty20 Cup overseas replacement for Rana and will instead provide increased 1st Team chances for the existing squad.
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Professional Cricket, said: “I’m very pleased that this issue has been resolved and look forward to working with Rana again in 2009. He has been playing domestic cricket in Pakistan during the winter and is match fit and raring to go. Rana will rejoin the squad when we return from our pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi and will be a key figure in our plans for the 2009 season. The lack of an overseas player in the domestic Twenty20 Cup does not overly concern me. We performed well in Twenty20 last year when Rana was unavailable due to injury. I’ve every confidence that our squad is strong enough to do well in the competition this season without an overseas player - it’s a great chance for someone else to put their hand up and stake a claim.”
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