Derbyshire have signed experienced all-rounder, Samit Patel, on a two-year contract.
Patel has enjoyed a stellar county career in the East Midlands with Nottinghamshire, scoring more than 25,000 all-formats runs and claiming more than 900 wickets, while he has also picked up 60 England caps.
A tricky left-arm spinner, Patel has the second-most Vitality Blast wickets in history, with 208 at an average of 26.34 and an economy of 7.35, while his 4,217 runs put him in the top ten for all-time run-scorers in the competition.
As well as an impressive individual record, Patel has established himself as a proven winner, having lifted the County Championship twice, the Vitality Blast twice and One Day Cup twice. He also remains a sought-after player around the world, having recently played in the Caribbean Premier League and winning The Men’s Hundred with the Trent Rockets in 2022.
Patel, 38, will remain at The Incora County Ground until the end of the 2025 season, and will be available for all formats.
Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “Samit is one of the most decorated players in England and he’s a proven match-winner. He’s a winner and that’s exactly the mentality we want to bring into our dressing room.
“The experience he will bring, not just from his long career, but from those big games he’s played in and made a difference in, will be a huge asset for us primarily in the Blast but also when needed as another option in the County Championship.”
Patel added: “I’ve spent many years playing against Derbyshire and in the last couple of seasons, you can really see what Mickey is trying to do with the Club. I think I can come in and help with that.
“I’m a proud professional, I’m someone who wants to win and I wouldn’t have come to Derbyshire at this stage in my career if I didn’t think we could do something special.”
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