Nottinghamshire allrounder Samit Patel has signed a new deal at the club, which will see him stay at the club until at least the end of 2022.
The 35-year-old made his debut for Nottinghamshire in 2002 and has gone on to make 588 appearances across all three formats. In this time he has scored 20,322 runs and taken 670 wickets.
Speaking of the new contract, which will take him to 20 years of service at Nottinghamshire, Patel said: “Playing for Notts means everything to me.
“I love the game, I love Trent Bridge, I love my teammates here and I love the club, so committing for another two years was a no-brainer really.”
Patel believes that it is now time for him to focus his energy on the white-ball game.
“At this point in my career, the best way for me to serve Notts on the field and to extend my time as a player for as long as possible is to focus on the white ball,” the allrounder explained.
“That’s what I’m going to do from now on, and this contract has been signed with that in mind.
“I’m not retiring from playing with the red ball, and I’ll always be there for Notts in First-Class cricket if they need me.
“However, Matt Carter and Liam Patterson-White are spin bowlers with their careers ahead of them, and we have a talented batting line-up with loads of potential too, so I firmly believe the club needs to go down that route in the red ball game.
“In limited-overs cricket, I believe we have a team that can be there or thereabouts for years to come. I know I have a big part to play in that and winning more trophies is the ultimate aim.”
Nottinghamshire head coach, Peter Moores added: “His expertise with the white ball is second-to-none and has been for a number of years, so to have secured that – alongside no little match-winning ability with the bat – is great for us moving forward.
“The terms of this contract are reflective of Samit’s wishes in that regard. He’s earned the right over many years, and in particular with the way he went about his cricket last season, to make that decision and for us to respect it.
"When his career does come to an end, we’ll all look back on a long line of match-winning performances, and on all the memories he’s created in a Notts shirt. For now, we’re all looking forward to creating some more.”
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