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Haseeb Hameed Signs Contract Extension with Nottinghamshire CCC

Haseeb Hameed Signs Contract Extension with Nottinghamshire CCC
Haseeb Hameed Signs Contract Extension with Nottinghamshire CCC

Haseeb Hameed has signed a contract extension with Nottinghamshire until the end of the 2022 season.

The opening batsman struck three half-centuries in a truncated first season with the Green and Golds, ending with 272 Bob Wills Trophy runs at an average of 38.85.

The 23-year-old’s opening partnership with Ben Slater averaged 93 across three matches.

“Playing for Notts is everything to me now,” said Hameed.

“Last winter after leaving Lancashire, I took my time to decide which was the right club for me.

“It’s a decision I wanted to get just right; to find a county I could be passionate about playing for and to make it a long and successful association with one club.

“Whether it be the history and tradition of the venue, the welcoming atmosphere among the group of players, or the lovely family feel throughout the club, everything feels right and I know I made the right decision.

“In the context of a vastly shortened season, I feel that lots of promise was shown in four-day cricket, both for the team and for myself with the bat.

“It demonstrated to me that we’re building a team and that there's a lot we can achieve in the next few years in red ball cricket. Meanwhile, the incentive is there for me to push for a place in a really successful white ball side as well.

“We’re back in pre-season training already; I’m working on my fitness and on my game, and it’s all geared towards giving ourselves the best possible chance of being successful next summer.”

The three-time England international passed 3,000 career First-Class runs during his first season with the Green and Golds, posting scores of 68, 52 and 87.

Despite having to wait until late in the summer to first represent the club, Head Coach Peter Moores insists Hameed had made an impression long before then.

“Haseeb made a significant impact from the moment he joined us,” said Moores.

“He hit the ground running with his work ethic and the intensity of his training, and he gelled with his teammates very quickly.

“The lockdown came at a really frustrating time for him because he’d joined a new club, had an excellent pre-season and, like all of us, was ready to play.

“When we were able to get out there in August, he started to show what an accomplished opening batsman he can be.

“He played positively and looked to score, but also showed the resilience to soak up pressure, bat for periods of time, wear the opposition bowlers down and make life more comfortable for his teammates in the middle order.

“He formed an opening partnership with Ben Slater that looked really promising for us as a team moving forward.

"Regarding white-ball cricket, he's shown a real ability in the 50-over game, has ambitions to further that in T20 cricket and has all the attributes required to do so."

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