Derbyshire sign Zaman Khan for Vitality Blast

Tuesday 16th May 2023

Derbyshire have signed Pakistan fast bowler, Zaman Khan, for this summer’s Vitality Blast.

The 21-year-old fast bowler, who has been clocked at 90MPH, has played 49 career T20s, picking up 59 wickets at an average of 23.35 and with best figures of 4-16.

He made his international debut for Pakistan against Afghanistan in March of this year and has so far played in six IT20s, maintaining a miserly economy rate of 6.66.

The young quick has enjoyed a trophy-laden career so far, winning the Pakistan Super League twice with Lahore Qalanders, in 2022 and 2023, while he also lifted silverware in the most recent Lanka Premier League with Jaffna Kings.

He is set to arrive before the end of May, and will join up with a pace unit containing the likes of England Lions pair, George Scrimshaw and Sam Conners, as well as Sri Lanka great, Suranga Lakmal.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Zaman Khan is one of the brightest young fast bowlers in Pakistan and he brings experience of T20 success around the world into our dressing room, which will help us to reach our own goals.

“He recently made his debut in one of the best international white ball attacks and looked right at home, so it’s incredibly exciting to welcome him for our T20 campaign.”

Zaman Khan added: “Playing in England is something I’ve wanted to experience and to do it working with Mickey Arthur at Derbyshire is a dream scenario.

“Derbyshire have been impressive in T20 cricket over the last few years, so I’m looking forward to playing with this squad and seeing if we can challenge again this summer.”

Vitality Blast 2023: Be Bold, Be Derbyshire

In 2023, every Derbyshire Falcons home T20 will be played on a Friday night, weekend or Bank Holiday, meaning it’s never been easier to follow the Falcons in the Vitality Blast.

2022 saw a Club-record number of T20 wins, coupled with the Best Domestic Spectator Experience to make the Falcons Vitality Blast campaign one of the best ever, and this year’s promises to be even bigger, with an enhanced food and drink range and added emphasis on accessibility.

Tickets are selling fast, with the clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Queen’s Park, the East Midlands Derby vs Notts Outlaws and the Monday 29 May Family Day gaining high interest from supporters, so don’t delay if you want to experience Mickey Arthur’s Falcons live this summer!

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