Qadri is in Young Lions squad for winter training
DERBYSHIRE off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri will get his chance to impress after being named in a squad of 18 for the first part of the England Under-19s winter programme.
The 17-year-old will join the Young Lions for training camps in the UK and a 20-day training camp in Bangalore, India.
The selectors will then choose their party of 15 for the second half of the winter, which will take the Under-19s to Bangladesh in the new year for matches in all three formats of the game.
Qadri, born in Afghanistan but part of the Derbyshire academy for several years, made his international debut for England in August last year, playing in two of the Young Lions’ one-day internationals against India. He played again in a tri-series in South Africa in December.
By then, he had already made a huge impression on his first-class debut for Derbyshire against Glamorgan in Cardiff. Not only was he the first born in the 21st century to play county cricket, Qadri became the youngest ever to take five wickets on his debut.
He has made seven Championship appearances so far, as well as two in the Royal London One-Day Cup and one in the T20 Blast.
“It’s a high potential group of players and I am excited by the prospect of them working with this set of staff and the challenging conditions that India will present,”
said U19s head coach Jon Lewis.
“I think it’s one of the best parts of the job, being able to provide an experience that adds value on top of what the players normally receive at their counties.
“I reminded this squad that it wasn’t that long ago at all that Sam Curran and Ollie Pope were sat in the same seats as them. They both showed the characteristics of players who wanted to become international cricketers and their speed of ascent since has been testament to their hard work. I’m looking forward to developing this group so that they can start their own journey on that path.”
SQUAD: Kasey Aldridge (Somerset), George Balderson (Lancashire), Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Jordan Cox (Kent), Tom Davis (Kent), Adam Finch (Worcestershire), Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), George Hill (Yorkshire), Luke Hollman (Middlesex), Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire), Tom Lammonby (Somerset), Dominic Leech (Yorkshire), Jack Morley (Lancashire), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), Will Smeed (Somerset), Jamie Smith (Surrey).