Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (Urdu: رانانويدالحسن; born 28 February 1978) is aPakistani cricketer who plays for the Test and One Day Internationalteams. He also plays for Derbyshire County Cricket Club in England andDhaka Gladiators in BPL. He has been fairly consistent in his performances overseas, being good with bat and smart bowl.A right-arm fast-medium bowler capable of generating good pace with lateswing, he is a genuine strike bowler. Although he was prone to leaking runs in his earlier career, of late he has used vast county experience to be economical in death overs. He often bowls the reverse-swinging yorker in one day and T20 cricket and has good control over changes of pace, though he sometimes can be expensive. Rana is also a useful attacking lower-order batsman with 5 first class centuries and many fifties, including a score of 95 in 57 balls in a T20 game which lifted his team Sialkot Stallions to the tournament final. He left playing cricket due to personal reasons during 1995–1999.
Rana has only made the occasional Test appearance for Pakistan with little success, having to compete with Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif,Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami for a place in the side. As a result he has become regular in ODI. Naved’s career with Pakistan saw him take 110 wickets in 74 one-day internationals between 2003 and 2010 and a career best of 6–27 versus India in 2005. The 33-year-old Pakistani bowler has good 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 with Sialkot Stallions, Sussex Sharks, Yorkshire Carnegie, Tasmania Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes.
County Championship winner with Sussex in 2006 and 2007, Naved is no stranger to the county game, having also represented Yorkshire in 2008 and 2009. Naved has been in KFC Twenty20 Big Bash action in Australia for Hobart Hurricanes, recently topping the tournament wicket-takers list with 15 dismissals in eight matches and gaining cult status with the nickname “The People’s Mullet”.
Naved, renowned as a specialist ‘death’ bowler, has a century of Twenty20 dismissals to his name at an average of 18.93. He has also shown good capabilities with the bat with a highest Twenty20 score of 94 and five first-class centuries.
Now regarded as one of the best ‘death’ bowlers in the game, Rana Naved has the ability to vary his pace without a discernible change in action, and without losing control. Also has the ability to bowl orthodox and reverse swing in favourable conditions.
Naved-ul-Hasan made his international debut at the Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup on 4 April immediately after the poor 2003 Cricket World Cup campaign in which Pakistan were eliminated in the first round and a number of players were dropped. Playing against Sri Lanka, Rana took the wickets of Hashan Tillakaratne and Prasanna Jayawardene in consecutive balls but failed to take a hat-trick. Despite several good performances he was soon dropped from the side for alleged disciplinary problems.
With injuries to key members of the Pakistani pace attack he worked his way back into the side before once again falling out of favour with the national selectors and unable to stake a claim ahead of emerging young fast bowlers such as Umar Gul andIftikhar Anjum. His career best figures are 6 for 27, made in a victory over India in Jamshedpur.
On 22 July 2009, Rana recalled in Pakistan ODI squad for Sri Lanka as well as for the provisional 30-man squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2009 and a day later Pakistan Cricket Board awarded him a ‘C’ category contact.
His finest performances for Pakistan have come in ODIs against India and West Indies – 56 of his 95 wickets have come against them, but he has struggled for consistency.
He also joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) for the 2008 season, where he made a huge impact as batsman and bowler.
Voted the ‘2008 Man of the Tournament’ for the guiding the Lahore Badshah’s to the ICL Championship, Rana Naved was arguably in a great form.
Rana was selected in the Dhaka Gladiators team in the inaugural BPL tournament, where Pakistani stars were the biggest winners, sold for a massive $100,000, $50,000 above his base price, after performing very well in the Big Bash tournament with the ball.
He was the leading wicket taker in Australia’s Big Bash League in the 2011–12 edition, where he claimed 15 scalps for Hobart.
One-year PCB ban (2010)
After a disastrous tour of Australia in January, Naved-ul-Hasan was banned for 1-year along with several other players receiving different types of consequences. However the PCB lifted his ban but he had already served six-months of his sentence. Other players implicated included Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan both were banned for life but had their bans lifted after two months. And Shoaib Malik was banned for one-year and had his ban lifted after serving three-months of it.
Since June 2005 Rana played English county cricket for Sussex, where he formed an effective partnership with fellow Pakistani bowler Mushtaq Ahmed. He has also had success with the bat, scoring a career best 139 against Middlesex.
On 12 September 2007 Rana dislocated his shoulder in a match against Durham and had to be carried off the field. This was thought to have be his last game for Sussex as the ECB brought in a rule which restricts each county to one overseas player and Sussex opted for Mushtaq Ahmed.
For the 2010 season he was signed by Sussex as early-season cover for compatriot Yasir Arafat. Sussex have turned to the now 32-year-old as Arafat will be with his country’s squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies until 21 May. Rana is known within Sussex for the distinctive grunt he makes when bowling, especially when bowling fast. The “eughh” noise is embraced by fans, who appreciate his efforts.
Derbyshire signed Rana Naveed for 2012 season. The Derbyshire County Cricket Club will have the services of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan for this season’s Friends Life T20 campaign. The Pakistan pacer turned down offers from his previous counties, Sussex and Hampshire. This will be seventh season in the English county circuit.Derbsyhire head coach, Karl Krikken was happy to have signed Rana Naveed and hopes the Pakistan pacer will bring his match-winning momentum to the county.
Rana Naved, the 33-year-old right-arm medium pacer has not played for Pakistan since February 2010, and has the reputation of a specialist bowler in the T20 format, where he has claimed 102 Twenty20 wickets at an impressive average of 19.57. He was the leading wicket taker in Australia’s Big Bash League, where he claimed 15 scalps for Hobart.
The county chairman Chris Grant was also excited to have Rana Naved signed for the 2012 season. He said that the Pakistan pacer has proven that he is an inspirational performer in the shortest format of the game and hoped that his inclusion would boost the morale of the side. 
Big Bash League
Rana has been playing T20 Cricket for the Australian domestic Big Bash League teams the Tasmanian Tigers and the Hobart Hurricanes since the 2009 season. He has become a cult hero in the state and is known as “The People’s Mullet” amongst the masses.
Derbyshire Falcons have beaten competition from rival counties to capture the signature of Rana Naved for the Friends Life t20 competition.
Derbyshire 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.
“Rana’s performances throughout his career, and in particular during the recent KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, demonstrate that we have ticked those boxes with this signing.
“Our talented, young bowling contingent will also benefit immensely from the experience and know-how Rana will bring to the team, particularly with regards the tricks of the trade when it comes to bowling at the death.”
Chairman Chris Grant added: “To beat the attention of opposition counties to the signature of a standout overseas player in Rana Naved is a massive coup for the club.
“Rana has proved to be a charismatic character and an inspirational performer in Twenty20 cricket around the world, as well as boasting exceptional pedigree at one-day international level with Pakistan.
“Not only do I expect him to help us win matches, he is also a very entertaining player to watch.
“His skills and larger-than- life personality have added an extra dimension to Twenty20 nights in Hobart of late and I’m sure that will be replicated at the County Ground this summer.”
|Full name||Rana Naved-ul-Hasan|
|Born||28 February 1978
Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 181)||28 October 2004 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||11 January 2007 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 146)||4 April 2003 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||31 January 2010 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||24|
|Source: CricketArchive, 14 February 2012|