Wednesday 2 December 2009 

Bilal Shafayat Extends Nottinghamshire Deal

Bilal Shafayat Extends Nottinghamshire Deal
Bilal Shafayat Extends Nottinghamshire Deal
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Batsman and emergency wicket-keeper Bilal Shafayat has signed a one-year contract extension with Nottinghamshire.

“Bilal offers competition amongst the batsmen and he’s our back-up wicket keeper so there’s an important role for him to play in our squad,” Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell said.

“He had a disappointing season in 2009 and he’s keen to contribute more next year. We’ve had a few discussions and he’s very keen to compete for a place here because it’s his home town club.

“We need to see a bit more from him and he’s determined to show that his future lies at Trent Bridge.”

Shafayat scored 485 runs in the LV County Championship in 2009 with a best score of 69 yet in 2001 he made his debut for Nottinghamshire before reaching his 17th birthday and he was the youngest centurion for the county when he hit 104 against Worcestershire in 2002.

He spent a two-year spell at Northamptonshire between 2005 and 2006 and he has also played for National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan Customs and was thrust into the spotlight in the summer of 2009 when, as 12th man during the opening Ashes Test, he was twice sent out to the middle in the closing stages, tactics which the Australians were not happy with.

He was subsequently awarded substantial damages by Nationwide News after publication of an article which featured offensive comments about his appearance. Shafayat accepted an apology and donated the fee to the Cricket Foundation's Chance To Shine initiative.

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