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Warwickshire tie down Patel to new deal

8th April 2019, 14:52 by Craig Smithson

Warwickshire have been boosted by the news captain Jeetan Patel has signed a new deal extension until the end of the 2020 season.

The 38-year-old former New Zealand off-spinner became the regular overseas player at Edgbaston in 2012 and has gone on to win every domestic trophy with the side.

Patel, who has picked up 409 wickets in the County Championship and 124 in T20 games for Birmingham Bears, is currently captain of the side in all formats.

And, after helping guide the team to promotion back to the County Championship Division One at the first attempt last season, he is looking forward to an extended stay.

"Being a Bear and part of this club is very special," said Patel on the club's website.

"I've been fortunate to be part of some fantastic teams and to have won all trophies during my time at Edgbaston.

"But this latest crop of players is equally hungry to deliver more silverware to our supporters."

First team coach Jim Troughton added: "Jeetan is one of the most decorated overseas players in the history of the County game and his commitment to playing all formats, across a full season for such a long time is extremely rare in the modern game.

"He still consistently produces match-winning performances across all formats and has made a fantastic impression on the squad since being appointed captain.

"As we approach our first Championship game of 2019, it's right that both the club and Jeetan have security over his future and have our captain signed beyond this season."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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