Haseeb Hameed named Nottinghamshire captain for Royal London Cup


New vice-captain will lead side while Steven Mullaney plays for Trent Rockets in the Hundred

Haseeb Hameed will captain Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup this summer, after being named the club’s vice-captain.

Hameed, 24, joined Nottinghamshire from Lancashire ahead of the 2020 season, after three lean years at Old Trafford which followed his breakthrough as a Test opener on their tour to India in 2016-17.

He has been limited to five first-team appearances so far on account of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the English season last year, but made three half-centuries in the Bob Willis Trophy and averaged 38.85.

The Royal London Cup will be played at the same time as the Hundred this summer, meaning Nottinghamshire will be without at least nine first-team players, the most of any county alongside Surrey. Among them is Steven Mullaney, the club captain, which means that Hameed will be given the opportunity to lead a young side in his absence.

Several other counties will also be without their usual club captains during the Royal London Cup, including Glamorgan (Chris Cooke), Hampshire (James Vince), Kent (Sam Billings), Leicestershire (Colin Ackermann), Northamptonshire (Josh Cobb), Somerset (Tom Abell) and Surrey (Rory Burns).

While Hameed’s slow-scoring style earned him the moniker ‘Baby Boycott’ early in his career, he has a solid recent in 50-over cricket, averaging 34.75 across three Royal London Cup campaigns for Lancashire, albeit at a strike rate of 78.08.

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