Teenage cricketing sensation Haseeb Hameed named in England test squad

Teenage cricketing sensation Haseeb Hameed named in England test squad

19-year-old opening batsman Haseeb Hameed, of Indian decent, has been named in England’s Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh.

The three one-day internationals begin in Dhaka on October 7.

Hameed’s selection comes on the back of his superb form with the Red Rose this season, having racked up 1,154 runs in 15 Specsavers County Championship Division One matches at an average of 52.45.

He was brought up in Bolton, where his father Ismail was a self-taught cricketer – who played for Huddersfield Town then in the Bolton Association League – after emigrating from Gujarat.

The selectors have named a 17-man Test squad and a 15-man ODI squad for the tour. There are also places in both squads for uncapped pair Zafar Ansari and Ben Duckett.

The Test party includes four spinners, with Surrey duo Ansari and Batty joining Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Rashid is the first Asian of Pakistani origin to play first-team cricket for Yorkshire. He belongs to the Mispuri community, his family having migrated to England in 1967 from Azad Kashmir.

The second ODI will also take place in Dhaka, on October 9, before the final one is held in Chittagong three days later.

England will then welcome back Root to the squad for the two Test matches, with the first set to begin in Chittagong on October 20 and the second scheduled eight days later in Dhaka.

If former England Under-19 captain Hameed plays in the first Test in Chittagong, he will become only the second teenager to appear in the longer form of the game for England since 1949.

“His four centuries, against some of the best bowling attacks in the country, are testament to his outstanding temperament and attitude,” said national selector James Whitaker.

All-rounder Ben Hollioake, who was 19 when he played against Australia in 1997, is the only other teenager to appear in a Test for England since 18-year-old Brian Close made his debut in 1949.

 

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