Thursday, 11 April 2013

Ajmal Shahzad

    I tried hard to fit in and they looked after me but it just wasn't to be. Now I've moved to Notts and Mick Newell and the lads have been very welcoming.He is aware that solid county form will be the only way to attract the eyes of the national selectors and has already stated his intention of getting back into the England reckoning.Newell, Notts director of cricket, explained why he was keen to acquire the all-rounder: "We think he's a very skilful bowler and already we like what we see in terms of pace and skill.But for me, at this moment in time, I have to take each game as it comes because we all know, even if you try to stay fit all season, you're probably not going to play every game because the squad is so strong.The new recruit will be keen to play in all formats but Newell has already identified a specific role for Shahzad.It hit me when we began playing matches on the pre-season tour in Barbados," he confirmed. "I looked around the dressing room and saw quality batsmen like Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and James Taylor and thought that we've still got the likes of Samit Patel and Ed Cowan to come - all really good international players.We think he'll bring a lot to our white-ball cricket," Newell explained. "We lacked a bit of experience last year under certain situations so when we knew he was available we were keen to get him on board.

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