Patel pens fresh Notts deal
Samit Patel’s disappointment at his magnificent 67 not being enough to take England to the World Twenty20 semi-finals has been tempered by the announcement he has signed a new three-year contract with Nottinghamshire.
Patel’s 48-ball innings versus Sri Lanka yesterday at Pallekele featured eight fours and two sixes but England, who needed to win to progress from the Super Eights, lost by 19 runs.
The 27-year-old all-rounder’s three appearances in the World T20 took him to 14 T20 international caps to go with 31 in one-day internationals and two in Tests. As part of England’s squad for this year’s India Tests, he will soon have the chance to add to the latter.
Between England commitments Patel continues to be a vital player for Notts in all formats. His strongest 2012 domestic displays came in helping the Outlaws to the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals with a batting average of 36.33 and a bowling equivalent of 24.28. Notts came fifth in LV= County Championship Division One and fourth in the Clydesdale Bank 40 North Group.
Patel, who made his first-class and List A debuts in 2002, said: “I think that we have enough talent and depth in our squad to win trophies consistently and I want to play my part in that.”
“This is the only county that I want to play for and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to commit for another three seasons.”
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said: “We were very keen to secure Samit’s services because his batting ability and bowling option gives our side balance.
“Samit’s presence allows us to pick the team that we want to pick, and when he's not around there is no like-for-like replacement and that leads to multiple changes.
“We fully expect that he will spend some time with England but we are definitely a better side when he’s around.”