Hameed credits Nottinghamshire for fueling his love for cricket
Haseeb Hameed had to go through a difficult exit from Lancashire. He found a new home in Nottinghamshire which has helped reignite his love for cricket. His play with the team has also fueled a possible return to the English cricket squad which is monumental.
Hameed started the 2021 season pretty well as he has put up solid stats. This is a great bounce-back campaign for Hameed given that he just went through a well-publicised exit from his former team. The move to his new team has paid off as the 24-year-old has become one of the most promising players in the English system.
He talked about how a fresh start has helped him boost his morale. Hameed said, ‘Looking back now, having to move away from Lancashire, with it being my home county and playing there from the age of nine, was difficult. But on the whole, a fresh start at Nottinghamshire has been good for me. I was happy to start a new chapter of my career and to join a county like Nottinghamshire, which has a brilliant coaching set-up and is a club with a great history’.
A reunion with Peter Moores was the key to success
After he suffered through a slump in the 2019 season, Hameed was released from Lancashire. A few months later, Hameed managed to reunite with Peter Moores who is one of the most well-known coaches in the England system.
Moving to a new environment should be very tough for any player to go through. Hameed didn’t have to worry about it as he knew that he would be treated well by people like Moores.
Hameed talked about Moores' impact on his decision to move to Nottinghamshire.
‘Peter Moores was a big reason why I joined Nottinghamshire’, he said ‘Having been at Lancashire when he was head coach, he got me involved in some first-team sessions when I was just 16 years old and not even a part of the staff. I’m back to enjoying my cricket and the environment here at Nottinghamshire makes it very easy to fall in love with cricket again’.
He has been welcomed with open arms which means a lot to players like him. He had a rough year but joining a new team and performing at a high level was awesome.
The road back to the national team
When Hameed made his international debut back in 2016, he impressed so many people. This included Indian star Virat Kohli who was one of the opponents in the match as they had to play India. That is a big compliment for someone like Hameed who was only 19 years of age at the time.
He has not played for England since but this recent run can convince the decision-makers to consider him. It will be hard to deny Hameed his spot due to this status as a top star.
‘I don’t believe that being picked for England so early in my career created additional pressure’, Hameed said. ‘I am my own biggest critic and the expectations I have on myself are always very high... Looking back, it was all a part of the learning experience and I’m still young and hopefully, I have my best years ahead of me’.
It will be interesting to see how Hameed will fare for Nottinghamshire as he wants to play at a high level to help his team win and possibly secure an England spot.
Words: Cholo Martin