by ADRIAN ABRAHAM
Haseeb Hameed has been on an incredible journey in the last two years. In 2014 the youngster was playing his trade for the Lancashire Seconds and is now on the verge of representing England in test cricket.
The opening-batsman has already impressed in the warm up game in Bangladesh with an unbeaten 50 and looks likely to be included in the final test match.
The 19-year-old enjoyed an impressive breakthrough for Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship over the summer scoring 1,129 runs including four hundreds – two of which came in the same match against champions Durham at a strike rate of almost 54.
In 2012, Hameed joined Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programme and graduated with a professional contract in 2015. An outstanding 2014 season with the Lancashire Seconds and England Uner-19s saw him finish with scores of 92, 112, 97, 97 and 125 in six innings.
At the end of the 2015 season, Lancashire decided to not renew opener Paul Horton a new contract, paving the way for Hameed to break into the first-team.
On his first class debut for Lancashire he made a hard fought 28 off 119 balls in a 76 run-stand with Karl Brown against Glamorgan. It may not have been a dream debut but he was already showing glimpses of his patience, work ethic and composure that would soon get him noticed by the selectors.
His next innings was one that displayed true character – a six hour, match-saving 91 against Surrey confirmed Lancashire’s promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.
If Hameed does play for England, he will become the first Lancashire opener in 21 years to play for the Three Lions.
The final test match takes place in Dhaka on Friday with England already 1-0 up and looking to complete a whitewash.