Date of birth: 17 January 1997, Bolton
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 1 August 2020 v Derbyshire (Trent Bridge)
Bolton-born opener Haseeb Hameed announced his arrival into the professional game with a stack of runs for Lancashire, and he earned an England call-up whilst still a teenager.
In 2016, he became the fifth-youngest player to reach 1000 runs in a season, and secured his spot on the Test tour of India as a result. He mustered 82 in his second innings for the Three Lions, and 59 with a fractured finger in the third Test.
After a challenging spell with his home county, a chance to work with Peter Moores once again (he had known the Head Coach during his junior days at Old Trafford) led to a switch to Trent Bridge in the winter of 2019.
Runs flowed in the curtailed Bob Willis Trophy season of 2020 and again in 2021 when talks of an England recall intensified. Centuries in both innings against Worcestershire and against the Indian tourists (for the First-Class Counties XI) set up an opportunity in the Ashes Down Under.
Despite a series defeat, Hameed amassed 1,235 runs at an average of 58.80 apiece on his return home in 2022. There were four centuries amongst his haul, including a career-best 196 away against Derbyshire, as he and Ben Duckett put on a county record 402 for the second wicket.
A keen student of the game, Hameed was handed the captaincy of Notts Outlaws side in last season’s Royal London Cup and led the team through the group and into the quarter-finals, averaging 51.50 with a century and a 99.
Post-season, Hameed was selected for England Lions, and amassed 145 against the full England team in a three-day match in Abu Dhabi, before being confirmed as the Lions red-ball captain for their subsequent tour of Sri Lanka.