Fateh Singh has signed a professional contract with Nottinghamshire, committing him to the club until the conclusion of the 2023 season.
The spin bowling all-rounder shone in 2021, taking 32 wickets across 13 matches for the county’s under 18s whilst also averaging 25.89, including two fifties, with the bat.
The 17-year-old became a regular feature in the club’s Second XI, as well as earning first team recognition in the Royal London Cup, on his way to being named Academy Player of the Year.
In his second List A game for the Green and Golds, Singh scored 21 in testing circumstances against Glamorgan. His ten overs for 33 runs proved critical, meanwhile, as the Outlaws concluded the tournament with a one wicket victory over Northamptonshire.
“I was fortunate to be given a taste of first team cricket this year, and it served to show me the intensity and skill level required to perform consistently at that level,” Singh said.
“I have always set the bar high when it comes to my ambitions, and gaining experience around the first team has inspired me to keep working hard and displaying the determination needed to progress.
“It is reassuring to have the backing of the likes of Matt Wood, Peter Moores and Ant Botha, and I owe a lot to them for my development over the last year or two. With their guidance, I hope I can keep improving.
"It's genuinely a dream come true to sign for my home county, and I'll work hard to continue to progress."
Singh has risen through the Nottinghamshire age group ranks, making his first appearance within the county’s age group setup as a 10-year-old.
His performances for Notts in 2021, and for the Midlands at the ECB Super 4s, earned him a place in England’s Young Lions team for a six match 50-over series against West Indies, taking four wickets in four matches.
“Whenever he has been given an opportunity at a higher level, Fateh has risen to the challenge,” said Nottinghamshire Head Coach Peter Moores.
“His 2021 has been a great story in many ways, and his achievements have rightly made a lot of people proud, but I know how ambitious he is and that he sees that as part of the process and not the end goal.
“Fateh will continue to develop by working with our coaches over the next couple of years. We’re all looking forward to seeing how far he can go in the game."