Haseeb Captains England U17 Cricketers in Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
Sixth Form student Haseeb Hameed has been playing international cricket for two years, following on from playing at a county level for Lancashire. At the age of sixteen, he qualified to join the England Cricket Development Programme, and now plays for the England U17 team. He was appointed Captain just days before they travelled out to tour Sri Lanka over the Easter holidays!
While in Sri Lanka, the teams had a few days off to take in the sights and culture around Colombo, the country’s largest city. However, the focus was of course on the cricket.
The England team played hard and won the first one-day game of the three-match series at Surrey Village cricket ground. The rest of the series was played at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. However, the England team were not able to hold on to their lead, and unfortunately lost the series two games to one.
They went on to draw the three-day match, which was also held at R. Premadasa Stadium. However, Haseeb was pleased with their achievements: “We did really well to draw the three-day match. They were dominating after the first two days, but we dragged it back on the third day.”
The U17 team has now returned to the UK, and have been thrown straight back into the start of the UK’s cricket season. Haseeb said, “It’s mainly matches now that the season's started over here, but that’s good.”