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Wednesday, 19 October 2016
It is only just over a year since Haseeb Hameed picked up his A Level results from Bolton School and he now stands poised to open the batting for England in their Test Match against Bangladesh.
It has been a meteoric rise for the youngster. His prodigious talent was first noticed in youth cricket and Lancashire were quick to sign him, pipping Worcestershire to the post and co-funding his education at Bolton School.
Headmaster Philip Britton said, “We are terrifically proud of him as a school. We found a boy who was academically able enough to thrive in our school but also had tremendous sporting promise, and we knew we would be a good environment where he could realise that promise and have a good education.”
Haseeb honed his skills playing in the School cricket team and with Farnworth Social Circle in the local Bolton league. His father was also a key driving force behind his success, coaching his batting technique over the years.
The School’s Cricket Coach, Andy Compton, said, “We saw from a very early age that Haseeb had something very special. Aside from his technique, what marked him out was his maturity, his willingness to listen and his ability to drive himself to the next level. He consistently ‘played up’ in higher age groups for us and with his 83 runs he was instrumental, along with the Parkinson brothers who have also gone on to play professional cricket, in our winning the national U15 T20 cricket title at Arundel.”
Haseeb has always worked hard and consistently met any challenges that have been put in front of him, frequently playing with older and more experienced boys. While playing in Lancashire’s youth squads, he consistently played out of his age group, and it was a similar case when he joined the England Cricket youth squads as well. He played for the Lancashire second team shortly after receiving his A Level results, and made his first team debut for Lancashire this summer.
His landmark first season has seen him score almost 1,200 first-class runs at an average of fifty per match during the summer, including four centuries and seven half-centuries in total: a testament to his phenomenal batting technique.
His incredible summer continued with him winning not only Lancashire’s Player of the Year award, but also recognition at the national Asian Cricket Awards where he won the Professional Young Player of the Year award for the second time.
Haseeb has now been named as part of the England squad for their tour of Bangladesh, despite having just twenty first-class matched under his belt when he was selected. Since arriving in Bangladesh, Haseeb played in one of the warm-up matches where he made 57 before retiring, boosting his chance of playing in the first Test Match which begins tomorrow.
Mr Compton concluded, “We are immensely proud of him – he’s achieved so much in such a short time. We wish him the very best, I am sure he can handle it!”
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