General News | 10th April 2009
Patel Addresses Fitness Concerns
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has underlined his desire to return to England’s one day side after redoubling efforts to improve his fitness.
Patel was prevented from joining up with England in the West Indies after failing to meet fitness targets but is working through a tailored training programme to put him in the best possible shape.
“I was desperately looking forward to pushing for a place in the side to face West Indies in the ODI series and it was a big disappointment to miss out,” said Patel.
“I have had to accept some difficult truths from people in the game that I have a lot of respect for and I don’t want to be in a position ever again where I miss out on a selection because of a lack of fitness.
“I have worked hard to improve my fitness and I am looking forward to playing a part for Nottinghamshire and England in an important summer of cricket.”
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell has endorsed Patel’s efforts.
"Samit has been pretty full-on with his fitness work and he's trained either end of the day as well as playing in our pre-season games," said Newell.
"He will still have to reach fitness targets laid down by the ECB, but there is no reason why he can't achieve them.
"Samit is still very highly-rated as a player and he knows the area where he has to improve. It was important that he made the 30 man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 and he is capable of getting in the final 15 which I hope he does.”
Patel is expected to feature in two one day friendlies against Middlesex on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April at Trent Bridge. Admission is free for all supporters.