Wellington have added England allrounder Samit Patel to their ranks in their bid for a second successive Super Smash title this season.
Patel was in remarkable form for Nottinghamshire in the 2017 domestic season, helping the side win both the white-ball tournaments – the Royal London Cup and the Natwest t20 Blast – and secure a promotion in the County Championship.
He was Nottinghamshire’s leading run-scorer in the Championship with 906 at 53.29 and also claimed 19 wickets. He also topped the county’s run chart in the Royal London Cup – and was fourth overall – with 539 at 67.37, before adding 405 runs and 16 wickets in the T20 Blast. His performances earned him the Player-of-the-Year title at the Professional Cricketers’ Awards in October.
Patel will join Wellington at the end of his stint with the Rajshahi Kings in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. While the Super Smash gets underway on December 13, Wellington are scheduled to play their first match on December 15, against Northern Districts.
“Our aim is simple: we’re looking to play entertaining, positive cricket. As we saw last year, that recipe leads to success when it’s well-executed,” Wellington coach Bruce Edgar, said. “For the upcoming campaign, we identified a need to complement our squad with a quality all-rounder. With a career featuring more than 200 T20 matches, including 18 internationals, and impressive strike rates with both bat and ball, we’re excited to have Samit joining the team to fill that role.”
Source: ESPN Crickinfo