Legendary all-rounder Samit Patel has announced the end of his 22-year professional association with Nottinghamshire.
Patel, who began his journey with the Green and Golds as a 14-year-old before a senior debut two years later, will conclude his time at Trent Bridge with over 700 wickets and nearly 21,000 runs across 629 games for the club in all formats.
During that time, he also picked up 60 England caps across all three formats of the international game.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to represent Nottinghamshire, a place that I have called home for nearly three decades,” Patel said.
“The club has played a huge role in developing the young nine-year-old I was when I joined the club into the cricketer I am today.
“I look back on my career at Trent Bridge with tremendous affection; some of my fondest memories have come whilst donning the green and gold in front of the best fans in the world, engaging in battles on the field and winning trophies for the club.
“When I signed my first contract at 15, I dreamt of representing my country in all three formats. I have no doubt that the club’s unwavering support helped me to achieve these goals and, for that, I will be eternally grateful.
“Nothing would have given me greater pleasure than to see out my career with Notts, but whilst I haven’t been offered a new contract at Trent Bridge, I feel determined that I still have a lot to offer the game with both bat and ball. I’m looking forward to beginning my next chapter, contributing on and off the field wherever those opportunities may arise.
“Finally, thank you to all the members, supporters, staff and teammates who have walked through the gates at Trent Bridge. If it was not for you guys, I would not be the man I am today.”
Patel has secured six trophies with Nottinghamshire, twice winning the County Championship (2005/2010), T20 Blast (2017/2020), and the domestic List A trophy (2013/2017).
“Samit richly deserves the adulation he will get as his time at Notts comes to a close,” Director of Cricket, Mick Newell, said.
“That we associate him so closely with the club shows how important he has been in the successes we have achieved over the last two decades, and what a favourite he has become with our members and supporters.
“He always wanted to be the man to get Notts over the line, and credit has to go to him for that attitude which has served him and us so well over many years.
“He leaves us with our very best wishes for his next chapter, and the knowledge that he’ll always be warmly received as a visitor to Trent Bridge.”