Thursday 29 November 2012 

Patel to return to Edgbaston in 2013


New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel has signed a new deal to be Warwickshire’s overseas player in 2013 after helping the Bears to their seventh LV County Championship title.

Patel (32) returned for his third season at Edgbaston in 2012 and played a key role in the Bears’ success, with his 51 wickets also helping him secure a call-up to New Zealand’s Test Match squad for their tour of India in August and early September.

Jeetan said: “Winning the LV County Championship with Warwickshire is one of the highlights of my career and with such a strong squad available, I see no reason why we can’t push harder for success in all formats next season.

“The new facilities at Edgbaston have made it one of the best grounds in the world and Birmingham has certainly become my adopted home. I’m looking forward to returning in 2013 and hopefully playing a major part in more success for Warwickshire.”

Patel will join up with the Warwickshire squad ahead of their defence of the LV County Championship, which begins at Edgbaston against Derbyshire on Wednesday 10th April 2013.

Ashley Giles, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Jeets is a world-class spinner who’s produced many outstanding performances, and is a great role model to the younger players in the squad.

“Whilst I’m moving on to my role with the England team, I’m delighted that the Club has been able to secure him as the overseas player for the 2013 season before I depart. His 51 wickets were crucial to winning the LV County Championship last season, and I know that everyone is looking forward to his return.”

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