Samit Patel won’t abandon his hope for a national call up for another three years
Patel believes selectors won't ignore him forever.
Published - Oct 2, 2017 7:16 pm | Updated - Oct 2, 2017 7:16 pm
Former England international and an integral part of the Nottinghamshire set up, off-spinner Samit Patel is still hopeful for a national comeback and won’t give up on his expectation for another three years. Recently, Patel aced the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player rankings this season which fetched him a cash prize of £10,000 prize.
Last time the allrounder represented The Three Lions was back in November 2015 and is now well out of contention for a place in the English side. The Nottinghamshire man admitted that he would always desire to play for the country but also welcome his fate if he does not get another opportunity to play for the country irrespective of his form.
Patel believes selectors won’t ignore him forever
The 32-year old was a part of the Notts team when they completed the double of winning both Royal London ODI Cup and Natwest T20 Blast. Samit, for obvious reasons, is disappointed on missing out on the Ashes squad but that does not mean that he would be ignored by the selectors overall.
“I’ll always want to play for England. Who knows what could happen. I won’t give up for another three years or so. As soon as that drive goes I won’t retire, but I’ll have to find another hunger to play well for Notts. Playing for your country should be the aim of any cricketer. You can plod along in county cricket and be the average county cricketer,” claimed Samit Patel according to Nottingham Post.
“That’s not me. I want to be the bloke that wins the man of the match, takes five wickets or scores the hundred that wins the game. I’ve got to try and be MVP in the first division next year, then people might take a little more notice. I’m sure I’m being talked about, but the selectors have different views on different players. There might be a little bit of head scratching, but they’ve gone with the people they think are right to play in Australia,” concluded the all-rounder.