Falcons swoop for Pakistan bowling ace Naved

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DERBYSHIRE Falcons have beaten competition from rival counties to the signature of Rana Naved for the Friends Life t20 competition.

The 33-year-old Pakistani pace bowler has a wealth of international experience having represented his country on 87 occasions.

He also boasts an exceptional pedigree in domestic Twenty20 cricket played all around the world having amassed 75 appearances in total with Sialkot Stallions, Sussex Sharks, Yorkshire Carnegie, Tasmania Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes.

Naved, who is renowned as a specialist death bowler, has a century of Twenty20 dismissals already to his name at an average of 18.93 and a mean economy rate of seven runs-per-over. He has also shown dashing capabilities with the bat with a highest Twenty20 score of 94 and five first-class centuries to his name.

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.”

Naved has been in KFC Twenty20 Big Bash action in Australia for Hobart Hurricanes recently topping the tournament wicket-takers with 15 dismissals in eight matches.

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.