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Contracts galore at Leicestershire

Left-arm paceman Atif Sheikh is one of eight players to commit their futures to Leicestershire.

The 23-year-old, an impressive performer for the club’s second XI in recent times, produced a promising display during the recent drawn tour match with India and has been rewarded with a two-year contract.

Leicestershire's highly-rated left-armer Atif Sheikh showed his promise in the recent drawn tour match against India at Grace Road

Spinner Jigar Naik, all-rounder Rob Taylor, who fell two runs short of completing a maiden first-class century yesterday against Kent, and batsman Tom Wells have penned new two-year deals to keep them at Grace Road until the end of the 2016 season.

Left-arm slow bowler James Sykes has added another year to his contract, which now ends in 2016, while batsman Lewis Hill and all-rounder Ben Raine will remain with the Foxes until the conclusion of the 2015 campaign after signing one-year extensions.

Rob Sayer, Leicestershire’s third spinner, will stay on for two more summers while he continues his studies at Leeds-Bradford University.

Director of cricket Phil Whitticase said: "We are working very hard on building our squad for the future, and we are thrilled that these eight players have committed their futures to us.

“Many of our current squad, like Tom Wells, James Sykes, Rob Sayer and Lewis Hill, have graduated from our Academy, and we want that trend to continue.

"We have a talented, young squad here and we want to keep the players together as we build for the future.

“There have been more offers made to players, and we are hopeful to be in a position to announce more good news in the near future."

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