Rana returns to Sussex

All-rounder signed as short-term cover

Last Updated: 07/04/10 5:37pm

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Rana: Back at Sussex

Rana: Back at Sussex

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Sussex have signed Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan as their overseas player for the opening few weeks of the season.

With compatriot Yasir Arafat having been included in his country's squad for the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, Rana has been recruited by the Sharks in the interim.

Rana previously played a key role as Sussex won the 2005 and 2006 County Championship titles, with the 32-year-old taking 139 first-class wickets at an average of 22.41.

And although he struggled to settle at Yorkshire last season, Sussex are delighted to have agreed a short-term deal with Rana.

Sussex professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "We are extremely fortunate to have a player of the quality of Rana to cover Yasir.

"He knows the club well, will fit in quickly and add some depth to our bowling attack as well as provide some useful runs."

Rana is free to play for the Sharks after he was suspended by Pakistan in the wake of their dreadful tour of Australia - with the PCB issuing a 'no-objection certificate' to the move.

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