Two of the brightest prospects of the England cricket team, Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood, remain focused on performing for Lancashire despite knowing there are plenty of international assignments throughout the year.
Both bowlers were selected for England’s 55-man training bubble for the summer internationals, ruling them out of the Bob Willis Trophy, while Parkinson also spent the winter on tour in Asia with England. The duo has not played domestic cricket since September 2019. Thus, playing for Lancashire seems to be the number one priority at the moment.
Matt Parkinson recently expressed his desire of playing for Lancashire, given the fact that the English bowler hasn’t played a lot of domestic cricket since his debut.
“I haven’t played nowhere near enough cricket to be picked for that. It’s just up to me to perform for Lancashire and try and put performances in. Since my debut, I’ve not played a great deal [of red-ball cricket]. I’m going to target these games now and try and play in all eight of them.”
Saqib Mahmood, who himself hasn’t played domestic cricket for the last 18 months echoed similar sentiments.
“I’m looking forward to getting the red-ball back in my hand and playing some first-class cricket. I didn’t enter the IPL auction this year so I could balance red-ball and white-ball. That’s the message I’ve had from the ECB management; they don’t just see me as a white-ball player, they want me to balance both formats, so this was a chance to play some red-ball cricket,” Mahmood said.
“We’ve got a heavy summer with white-ball cricket in the Blast and The Hundred for me to push my claims for later in the winter. But this is a good chance for me to get the red-ball in my hand and try and put some performances in for Lancashire.
“There’s a lot to play for this summer for internationals – Ashes places, T20 World Cup places – and that’s the aim long-term. But short-term, you’ve got to keep the focus on what’s ahead and winning games here. That’s all I can think about right now,” he concluded.