Haseeb Hameed has been appointed vice-captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and will be skipper of the Notts Outlaws Royal One Day Cup team this summer.
The player who signed for Notts last year after being released by Lancashire in 2019 stated “It’s an honour to be handed the responsibility of being Vice-Captain and I’m also really looking forward to the challenge of leading a talented young team into the Royal London Cup.”
The three-time England International has a test average at 43.80 but has struggled in recent years to live up to his incredible potential after first announcing himself onto the international scene as a teenage sensation in 2016.
Now 24, Hameed is still young and eager and after enjoying a solid debut year for Notts in the Bob Willis Trophy last summer, has been handed responsibility by Coach Peter Moores who said “Hass became a popular member of the group very quickly.”
“He has an infectious enthusiasm for the game, has raised the bar with his fitness and the intensity of his practice and he’s thrown himself into life as a Notts player.”
“We informed the lads the other day about the decision to make him Vice-Captain, and the positive, supportive way they reacted was great to see.”
“He’ll grow as a result of this experience and we believe he’s a player with an exciting future, both as a leader and with the bat.”
More good news for Nottinghamshire ahead of the new season is that another England International, bowler Jake Ball, nicknamed the Welbeck Wizard, has signed a contract extension with the club.
The 29 year old has 364 wickets across all formats for Notts and pens a deal until the end of 2023 saying “I want to play my whole career here and I’m delighted that I’ll be sticking around for at least another three years.”
Ball continued “Winning a trophy last season for the people of Notts, in the midst of what’s been a tremendously difficult time for everyone, was extra special.”
“Hopefully we’ll have our members and supporters back in the ground this year, so the incentive for being successful in all forms of the game will be just as high again.”
Nottinghamshire will be in action against Oxford University at Trent Bridge later this month (24th March), as the club warm-up with one of three friendlies before the County Championship season starts on 8th April against Durham.
The side will also travel to Warwickshire on 30th March before hosting Leicestershire on 2nd April a week ahead of their opening match of the four-day season at Trent Bridge.
*Main image @TrentBridge Haseeb will be vice-captain to Steven Mullaney.