Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has agreed to sign a two year extension that will see him remain at Trent Bridge until 2022 in a deal which takes the 35-year old past twenty years at Trent Bridge.
Patel who is currently playing out in Pakistan where he reached the final of the PSL T20 tournament with his side Lahore Qalandars has had a fantastic season with the white ball having already won the T20 Blast in England this summer.
The word legend often as we say can be overused but not in the company of Patel who is a Nottinghamshire legend of the highest order having made 588 appearances and taking 670 wickets posting over 20,000 runs for the club he joined as a young man back in 2002
Not only are the statistics of Samit Patel incredible, the former England International of six tests and 36 ODI’s has had a fabulous career winning trophies too after helping Notts to the County Championship twice, the Royal London One Day Cup, Yorkshire Bank 40 and twice the T20 Blast which included the recent success against Surrey.
“Playing for Notts means everything to me” Said Patel. “I love the game, I love Trent Bridge, I love my teammates here and I love the club, so committing for another two years was a no-brainier really.”
The Leicester born star continued “At this point in my career, the best way for me to serve Notts on the field and to extend my time as a player for as long as possible is to focus on the white ball.”
“That’s what I’m going to do from now on, and this contract has been signed with that in mind.”
“I’m not retiring from playing with the red ball, and I’ll always be there for Notts in First-Class cricket if they need me. However, Matt Carter and Liam Patterson-White are spin bowlers with their careers ahead of them, and we have a talented batting line-up with loads of potential too, so I firmly believe the club needs to go down that route in the red ball game.”
Patel was beaten in action for Lahore Qalandars today scoring just five with the bat taking 1/22 against Karachi Kings as he lost the PSL Final against two of his Notts team-mates Alex Hales and Imad Wasim who were in opposition for the winners as the Kings became T20 champions of Pakistan.
*Main image @Cricket_World Samit Patel commits his future to Notts for another two years.