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Full name Rana Naved-ul-Hasan
Born February 28, 1978, Sheikhupura, Punjab
Current age 36 years 147 days
Major teams Pakistan, Allied Bank, Derbyshire, Dhaka Gladiators, Herefordshire, Hobart Hurricanes, ICL Pakistan XI, Lahore Badshahs, Lahore Division, Marylebone Cricket Club, Pakistan Customs, Sheikhupura Cricket Association, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions, Sussex, Tasmania, Water and Power Development Authority, Yorkshire
Also known as Rana Naved
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Test debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Oct 28-Nov 1, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Jan 11-15, 2007 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Apr 4, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Perth, Jan 31, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Feb 5, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||National Bank of Pakistan v Water and Power Development Authority at Rawalpindi, Nov 18-20, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999/00|
|Last List A||Water and Power Development Authority v Port Qasim Authority at Lahore, Nov 13, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lahore Eagles v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore, Apr 26, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Islamabad Leopards v Sialkot Stallions at Rawalpindi, Feb 13, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/15||S Stallions||v Leopards||Rawalpindi||13 Feb 2014||T20|
|3, 0/5||S Stallions||v K Dolphins||Rawalpindi||11 Feb 2014||T20|
|-||S Stallions||v Hawks||Rawalpindi||9 Feb 2014||T20|
|0/8||S Stallions||v Bulls||Islamabad||7 Feb 2014||T20|
|6, 0/10||WAPDA||v Sui Gas||Lahore||30 Nov 2013||T20|
|2, 1/4||WAPDA||v ZTBL||Lahore||29 Nov 2013||T20|
|23, 0/24||WAPDA||v Habib Bank||Lahore||27 Nov 2013||T20|
|3/49, 6, 5/53, 13||WAPDA||v National Bnk||Rawalpindi||18 Nov 2013||FC|
|18, 0/31||WAPDA||v Port Qasim A||Lahore||13 Nov 2013||LA|
|38, 0/23||WAPDA||v United Bank||Faisalabad||5 Nov 2013||LA|
Rana made his debut in Sharjah immediately after the disastrous 2003 World Cup, at which time he was competing with Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Mahmood for the allrounder's spot. Few backed him then despite some impressive early performances and he was dropped soon after, allegedly because of disciplinary problems. But with continuing ambiguity over Shoaib Akhtar's part in the Pakistan team and injuries to other bowlers, Rana worked his way back as an essential cog in the ODI team.
As with most Pakistan bowlers of pace, he can bowl a reverse-swinging yorker almost at will. His change of pace is another useful weapon. But his nous with the ball, his control over line and length and his absolute refusal to consider giving anything less than his all in the field has stood out.
His Test appearances remain limited and largely unsuccessful, though he bowled well when England visited in 2005-06. His form in 2006 fell away drastically, possibly due to a groin injury he picked up at Sussex, and with the return of Umar Gul, his position was in some doubt. But as Pakistan continued to struggle with finding a fit fast bowler, he managed to hold on to his place for the World Cup, despite a disastrous South African tour. A disappointing tournament saw him dropped from Pakistan's plans immediately thereafter though Sussex continued to show faith, justifiably. As a lower-order, hard-hitting batsman, he has had little opportunity to impress, despite his insistence that he is, in fact, a natural wicketkeeper batsman. And he gave up his first love, hockey, for cricket.
Naved paid the price for an unforgettable opening World Cup 2007 match against West Indies as he dropped for the following two matches as well as being overlooked for no only the tours to Abu Dhabi and Scotland but also the two fitness and training camps. Following that, he was one of the notable absentees from the list of players who were awarded central contracts in July 2007. Although he was given a two-year contract with Yorkshire, he risked his future with Pakistan and the county circuit by joining an exodus of Pakistan players to the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League. But when the PCB pardoned players to have severed ties with the ICL, Naved was soon called back into the ODI side. He was included in Pakistan's squad for their shambolic, winless tour of Australia in late 2009 and was one of the players banned or fined during the subsequent fallout and PCB inquiry. But while Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf soon had their bans overturned and returned to the Test side Naved remained in the wilderness and may well struggle to force his way back into an attack containing Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul even if he returns to the fold.
Osman Samiuddin August 2010
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