Sussex sign Pakistan paceman Umar Gul for Twenty20

Umar Gul
Gul has taken 47 wickets in 34 Twenty20 internationals

Sussex have recruited Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul for this season's Twenty20 campaign.

The 27-year-old former Gloucestershire player joins international team-mate Rana Naved-ul-Hasan at Hove.

"The first criteria for any overseas player is you want a match-winner with bat or ball," said professional cricket manager Mark Robinson told BBC Sussex.

"Umar Gul is certainly that. He's widely known as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world."

He added: "To have him bowling in tandem with Rana Naved for the fast half of the campaign is a mouth-watering prospect for everybody.

"We know we're in the group of death and Twenty20 can be a bit of a lottery but all you can do is give yourself a chance.

"We've got some big players and Umar will give us an extra ingredient towards doing well.

"You've always got a chance of winning but it's hoping that that extra bit of quality might make the difference in tight games."

Gul, who was part of the Pakistan squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals, has played 34 Test matches, 88 one-day internationals and 34 Twenty20 internationals.

The right-armer played a starring role as Pakistan won the World Twenty20 in England in 2009.

"Coming to Sussex is a privilege and the chance to follow in the footsteps of other Pakistani greats from Imran Khan to Mushtaq Ahmed, and to Rana Naved-ul-Hasan in the current team, is very exciting," he said.

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