Former Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed has signed for Nottinghamshire for two years.
“I’m very excited to be joining Nottinghamshire and playing my cricket at Trent Bridge,” said Hameed. “I’ve enjoyed myself every time I’ve played at this great venue and hope to add to some good memories there. This is a new chapter in both my life and career and I’m full of excitement to start working with my new teammates and helping get Notts back up to Division One where they belong.
“I want to thank Lancashire for the support they’ve provided over the years and to my teammates, whom I’ve shared a dressing room with. A special mention to (director of cricket) Mick Newell and (head coach) Peter Moores at Notts for believing in me. I can’t wait to get started,” he added.
“There’s no doubting Haseeb’s talent,” said the head coach Peter Moores. “It doesn’t get much tougher than Test cricket in India and he proved over there, at a very young age, that he has all the skill, temperament and patience to succeed at the highest level.
“He’s enjoyed some more difficult times since then, and that’s going to happen with young players, but the ones that are destined for great things bounce back and move their games on again. We believe that’s what’s going to happen with Haseeb and it’s great news for Notts that we can be the ones to benefit from that.”
Nottinghamshire, the six-time County champions, finished last in Division 1 this season and will play in Division 2 next year.
The 22-year-old, who made 31 and 82 on his Test debut versus India in Rajkot in 2016, has found it difficult to make an impact in the County circuit in the recent past. He averaged a mere 26.1 for Lancashire in the 2017 first-class season. In 2018, he averaged just 9.44 with a high score of 31. Such was his poor run of form that at the end of the 2018 County season, Paul Allott, Lancashire’s director of cricket, had said his struggles were: “complete and utter mystery”.
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