London - England new boy Haseeb Hameed says he is keen to learn from
England captain Alastair Cook when he joins up with the Test squad for the tour
Hameed has enjoyed an incredible year with Lancashire
scoring 1,198 runs in 16 first class matches at an average of 49.91, knocking
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo at the PCA awards Hameed
said: "It's amazing how quickly things have happened to be honest, because
you know this is my first full season in division one. The way I saw it was, I
knew I was going to be challenged but I just needed to back my skills to
"It is nice to get recognized even at the highest level
at a young age."
Regarding the tour to Bangladesh Hameed has no reservations
about the visit and is looking forward to getting out there.
The youngster added: "I've not had any concerns with
the security or anything like that I'm just excited to go out there. You know a
19-year-old getting the call up for the England Test side doesn't happen every
day so I'm just extremely excited to go out there."
Hameed is aware of the challenges he will face playing in
conditions that he will not have had much experience of before and will be
looking to adjust rapidly.
The opener said: "I have a rough idea of what to expect
there is going to be a lot of spin bowled, reverse swing and things like that
will come into play. I'm trying my best to prepare here and it is important
that when we get there I adapt quickly."
When asked about Alastair Cook, who Hameed could open the
batting with he replied: "I had a master class with him with the under-19s
a couple of years ago and he came across as just a really nice guy, a humble
guy, easy to talk to and obviously he knows a thing or two about batting as
"I'm looking forward to meeting up with him and the
other guys and it's a great opportunity for me to learn from players like him
as well so I'll be looking to do that."