Naved Arif

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Naved Arif
Personal information
Full name Naved Arif Gondal
Born (1981-11-02) 2 November 1981 (age 35)
Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting style Left-hand
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011–2012 Sussex
2008/09–2009/10 Sialkot Stallions
2008/09–2009/10 Sialkot
2001/02–2002/03 Gujranwala
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 43 24 17
Runs scored 759 141 20
Batting average 18.07 17.62 5.00
100s/50s 1/– –/– –/–
Top score 100* 49 12
Balls bowled 7,941 811 297
Wickets 181 19 12
Bowling average 24.38 41.42 27.75
5 wickets in innings 10
10 wickets in match 1
Best bowling 7/66 3/19 3/12
Catches/stumpings 13/– 10/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 October 2012

Naved Arif Gondal (born 2 December 1981 in Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer. Arif is a left-handed batsman who bowls left-arm medium-fast. He played first-class cricket for Sussex in the English county championship. In June 2014 he was banned from cricket for life, a month after he was charged with match-fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board.[1]


Gujranwala Cricket Association[edit]

Naved Arif began his career at the Gujranwala Cricket Association in Pakistan. He made his first class debut on 26 January 2002 against Hyderabad Cricket Association in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.[2] He took 5–28 in his first innings. In his first season, he finished as the 4th highest wicket taker in his team despite only playing 3 matches. He took 19 wickets at an average of 16.05 and with an economy of 2.64.[3] Naved Arif made his list A debut on 28 February 2003 in the NBP Patrons Cup against Sargodha Cricket Association. He took 1–71 in his 10 overs and scored 49 runs from 37 balls.[4] In his second season of first class cricket at Gujranwala, Naved Arif took 18 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 20.11.[5]

Sialkot Cricket Association[edit]

In the 2008/09 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Naved Arif represented the Sialkot Cricket Association and played a key part of the victorious Trophy winning team, playing 11 matches and taking 62 wickets at an average of 22.38.[6] In the final he took 6–58 in the second innings to help set up a target of 158 runs for Sialkot to win the trophy which they achieved for the loss of 6 wickets.[7] His six wicket haul in the final made him the leading wicket taker in the 2008/09 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy by a single wicket.[8] In the 2009/10 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Naved Arif achieved his career best figures of 7–66. He also took 3 wickets in the second innings to achieve his first ever 10 wicket haul in a match with overall figures of 10–96.[9]

Rawtenstall Cricket Club[edit]

Naved Arif signed for Rawtenstall Cricket Club in the Lancashire League during the 2010 season. Arif was largely described as a big success despite taking time to come to terms with English conditions. Arif took 64 wickets during the season with an average of 18.00 and a best of 8–35 against Lowerhouse Cricket Club. He was also a useful run scorer for the club. He scored 769 runs at 40.5 with 5 half centuries.[10] It was at Rawtenstall CC that Arif was given his nickname 'Barry' (as in the Great Barry Arif)[11] a nickname that was adopted by his next club, Sussex CCC.[12]

Sussex County Cricket Club[edit]

In February 2011, Sussex County Cricket Club announced that they had signed Naved Arif for the 2011 season. They stated that he would qualify to play as a non-overseas player due to his Danish-born wife. Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach, said that, "Naved is a late developer, and with his background in Pakistan he's had to do it the tough way." He added, "His record out there on unhelpful wickets is outstanding and he's got the potential to change games".[13] Naved Arif made his debut for Sussex in the County Championship match against Lancashire at Liverpool. Arif managed only 1 wicket in the match as Lancashire beat Sussex comfortably.[14] He achieved cult hero status in his home debut at Hove. Once again, Sussex were facing almost certain defeat against Lancashire when Arif put on 90 runs with Monty Panesar for the 10th wicket to save the match. He also achieved his highest score in first class cricket as he converted his first ever half century into an unbeaten century.[15] Despite having the 4th best first class average for Sussex in 2011, Naved Arif only played 4 matches. He took 15 wickets at 25.86.[16] He made more of an impact in the List A campaign where he played 12 matches and took 9 wickets at 45.77 regularly bowling in tandem with fellow left handed fast bowler, Chris Liddle.[17] In November 2011, Sussex announced that Naved Arif had signed a new one-year contract with Sussex. Naved stated, "I want to say thank you to Sussex for keeping faith in me. I know I have so much more to give the team in 2012 and I aim to establish myself as a regular". Cricket manager, Mark Robinson said, "I’m delighted that Naveed has agreed to come back for another year. Despite his age, he is still in many ways inexperienced. He is still learning and has got lots more to give."[18]


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