Naved hopes to make Derbyshire impact

Overseas signing Rana Naved is looking to repeat his Aussie heroics while representing Derbyshire Falcons in this season’s Friends Life t20 competition.

The Pakistan international made his debut for the county in last Thursday’s rain-affected victory over Lancashire Lightning.

He has gained a wealth of limited-overs experience around the world.

This culminated in a sensational spell with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Australian KFC Big Bash earlier this year.

During the competition, he topped the wicket taking charts.

And, basking in his reputation as an entertainer and a crowd pleaser, Naved has urged the Derbyshire public to come out in support of the vibrant young Falcons.

“I’m very excited about playing Friends Life t20. As a senior player, I want to share things with the youngsters and I’ll do my best to pass on as much knowledge as possible.

“I’ve played Twenty20 cricket all around the world – in Australia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – so I have lots of experience which I’ll pass on to the guys and put to good use while here at Derbyshire.

“I’ve also successfully played county cricket with a combination of Sussex and Yorkshire for the last seven seasons, so I’m hoping to continue that momentum with my new teammates.”

Naved’s flowing locks and all-action performances made him a cult hero in Tasmania where the locals coined the nickname ‘The Flying Mullet.’

The trademark hairstyle remains and Naved is hoping for more audience participation and a succession of healthy crowds as the Falcons play three home matches in a week at the beginning of the campaign.

Naved added: “There are always lovely crowds for Twenty20 cricket in England and I enjoy playing county cricket in front of those audiences.

“I enjoy engaging with the crowd and I love it when they shout encouragement to me. A good response from the people always makes me play more strongly.”