Qadri is in Young Lions squad for win­ter train­ing

Derby Telegraph - - SPORT -

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).

Hamidul­lah Qadri

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