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Naved cleared to rejoin Yorkshire

Rana Naved-ul_hasan
Naved helped Lahore win the Indian Cricket League last year

Pakistan pace bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will rejoin Yorkshire for the new season as their overseas player.

His participation in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) last year had put Naved's return for a second season in doubt.

But a relaxation of the regulations means he will now be able to play for Yorkshire, but not in the Twenty20 Cup.

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon told BBC Radio Leeds: "I'm pleased that Rana has show a commitment to us and he's keen to come back and play."

He added: "He felt he probably didn't play as well as he could have done, certainly in four-day cricket, last year and I think he wants to put the record straight so we're looking forward to having him back."

Last year, any English county who fielded players from the unsanctioned ICL in domestic competitions were banned from taking part in the lucrative Champions League - although the tournament itself was called off because of the bomb attacks in Mumbai.

Twenty20 Cup finalists Kent were not permitted to progress to the tournament after fielding players with ICL connections.

But the administrators of the Champions League have now relaxed the rules meaning that Yorkshire will be eligible for the Champions League - should they qualify - as long as Naved does not play in the domestic Twenty20 Cup for them.

He will, however, be able to play in the County Championship and one-day competitions for them, and Moxon is delighted to have him back on board.

He's fit and raring to go so his experience is going to be invaluable to us

Martyn Moxon on the return of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan

"We're pleased that he's coming back - he certainly had a good one-day season for us last year in 40 and 50-over cricket and he's keen to come back.

"He's fit and raring to go so his experience is going to be invaluable to us."

As part of the deal to bring Naved back to Headingley, the 30-year-old will give up his ICL commitments and will join the Yorkshire squad when they return from the pre-season training camp in Abu Dhabi.

The county also say they will not be looking for a Twenty20 Cup overseas replacement for Naved.



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