Derbyshire sign Scotland fast bowler Sharif

Derbyshire has strengthened its squad for this summer’s white ball competitions with the signing of Scotland international Safyaan Sharif.

The fast bowler, who has featured in 59 internationals for Scotland, will be available for the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast competitions.

The 26-year-old has played in 35 ODIs since making his debut in 2011, taking 53 wickets at an average of 25 and with best figures of 5-33.

In the recent ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, the quick opening bowler ended the tournament as the joint highest wicket-taker, taking 17 at an average of 13.94.

Sharif has also featured in 41 Twenty20 matches, taking 52 wickets at an average of 19.80.

Cricket Advisor, Kim Barnett said: “With a busy few months of white ball cricket coming up, we wanted to strengthen and provide more depth to our fast bowling department.

“We’ve been monitoring Sharif for a while. He is a talented quick bowler and he showed this winter with Scotland that he has the ability to take wickets and perform to a high standard.

“Working in partnership with Cricket Scotland, Sharif will join us for our white ball competitions providing additional strength to our attack, while also giving him exposure to county cricket.”

Sharif added: “I’m looking forward to joining Derbyshire this summer and the opportunity to play county cricket.

“The Club has a talented group of fast bowlers, many with international experience, and I hope I can learn from these guys but also make a difference on the field and help win games for Derbyshire.”

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