Nottinghamshire have signed Haseeb Hameed on a two-year deal after the opening batsman was released by Lancashire.
The 22-year-old impressed everyone on England’s tour of India in 2016. His last Test innings at Mohali drew a lot of attention when he batted with an injured finger to score a dogged 156-ball 59.
Since then, his career took a nosedive as he scored 513 runs in 21 innings in 2017 season. The following season was even tougher for him as he accumulated only 170 runs from 18 innings.
He was relegated to play for Lancashire second XI during this time but things didn’t change as much. Paul Allot, Lancashire’s director of cricket, criticized Hameed publicly for his poor run of form. At the start of 2019, Allot told Wisden Cricket Monthly that Hameed was 'hanging on by his fingertips' at the club.
"He's got six months left on a contract, and he's not scored a run for two years," Allot said. "Not only is he a million miles away from England, he's hanging on by his fingertips at Lancashire."
Hameed is now hoping to re-discover his form at the Notts, particularly working with Peter Moores, who is one of the most respected coaches in the county circuit.
"There's no doubting Haseeb's talent," Moores said as quoted by Nottinghamshire CCC. "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.
"I'm very excited to be joining Nottinghamshire and playing my cricket at Trent Bridge," Hameed said on his signing. "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.”