In-form Rana happy to extend Sussex T20 stay

Rana Naved says he would be happy to extend his stay with Sussex after helping the Sharks make an impressive start to the Twenty20 Cup campaign.

The 31-year-old Pakistani is the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers with nine victims in three games so far to help Sussex to three wins out of three ahead of a trio of home games in the South Group.

He became only the second Sussex bowler to take five wickets in a t20 innings against Essex last week and followed it with two more in the wins over Gloucestershire and the Essex Eagles at Chelmsford.

Rana is due to be replaced by compatriot Umar Gul but he has yet to receive his work permit so Rana continues to share overseas Twenty20 duties with South African Wayne Parnell.

“I love playing for Sussex,” said Rana. “The guys here inspire me to do my best and I think Twenty20 is a game which suits the skills I have, like bowling good slower balls and yorkers.

“Nothing has been decided about the future. The club is still waiting to hear about Umar Gul so if they want me to stay I’m sure I will.

“We have a good Twenty20 team and I’m sure we can get to the finals. Guys like Ed Joyce, Kirk Wernars, Naveed Arif and Ollie Rayner cannot get into the team at the moment which shows the strength we have.”

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