Shan Masood is all set to join Derbyshire as an overseas player for the County Championship 2021-2022 after being recruited by Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur. Shan has played under the leadership of Arthur during Arthur’s three-year tenure as Pakistan’s Head Coach from 2016-2019. After being appointed as Derbyshire’s Head of Cricket last month, Mickey Arthur provided a golden opportunity to Shan to feature in the Derbyshire club for the upcoming County Season.
“Playing county cricket in England is something I’ve always wanted to do, so when Mickey approached me to join Derbyshire, I jumped at the chance,” the 32-year-old Masood said. “He’s perhaps been the greatest influence in my career and I’m looking forward to working with him again at Derbyshire.
“It’s an exciting time for the club and hopefully I can contribute at the top of the order and use my experience to help the younger players in their development”, added Shan.
Masood has made 25 test appearances for Pakistan & has scored four tons including 156 against England at Emirates Old Trafford in 2020 – and has six Test fifties to his name. Despite an impressive record in List A matches in Pakistan, Masood has played only five ODIs.
In T20Is he has captained the Multan Sultans side which topped the PSL table before being knocked out during the play-off stages in 2020 and was part of the team which won the PSL 2021 title last June. Masood has played for England during the start of his career scoring a Stamford School-record 1,237 runs at an average of 103 in 2009, and he played three first-class matches for Durham University.
Masood will feature in all formats for Derbyshire’s 2022 campaign starting with their first County Championship fixture in April. Speaking about Shan Maqsood’s signing with Derbyshire County Ryan Duckett, Derbyshire’s chief executive, said: “Shan is an immensely talented batter and was a key target for the head of cricket, Mickey Arthur, in his plans to develop the Derbyshire squad.
“He knows Mickey’s standards and what is expected both in training and out in the middle and I’m looking forward to seeing what his experience brings to Derbyshire.”