Thursday 22 October 2009 

Akhil Patel Signs Two-Year Contract At Trent Bridge

Akhil Patel Signs Two-Year Contract At Trent Bridge
Akhil Patel Signs Two-Year Contract At Trent Bridge
© Action Images
 

19-year-old batsman Akhil Patel, younger brother of England international Samit, has signed a new two-year contract with Nottinghamshire.

Having joined the club from Derbyshire, he made his LV County Championship in 2009 and also played four NatWest Pro40 matches and he says that he is aiming to play more first-class cricket in 2010.

“My aim for next season is to play more first class cricket and initially that means trying to secure a place in the one day side,” he said.

“I felt a lot of pressure when I made my first appearance for Notts but I benefited from some exposure towards the end of the season and hopefully that has put me in good stead for the new campaign.

“I’ve had some good advice from Samit and experienced pros like Ali Brown and Mark Ealham and I take that on board but I want to establish myself by playing consistently good cricket,” he added.

“I’m very happy at Notts and I like the setup so I have to work on my game and make progress over the next two years.”

Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell added:

“Akhil has developed his game quicker than we anticipated over the past 12 months and he has the potential to become an established member of our team,” said Newell.

“He fits the bill because he’s a talented, young cricketer who works very hard on his game.”

© Cricket World 2009