By Michael O’Gara – reporter
From showing boys two years his senior just how to make runs at Tonge Cricket Club, to opening the batting and making his debut for Lancashire against Glamorgan, Haseeb Hameed has certainly had a summer to remember.
It was clear from as early as eight years of age that Hameed had a cricketing talent, as he caught the eyes of Lancashire representatives Jeff Ogden and John Roberts.
However, it was the backing of his father which encouraged him to play cricket at the beginning.
“He (Haseeb’s father) spent a lot of time on me which I was very grateful for.” Said Hameed.
The Boltonian was first introduced to the official academy setup, aged nine as leg spinner.
One of his personal highlights was making 48 not out, after coming in at number eight and winning the game off the last ball against a Warwickshire under-11s side which hadn’t lost for two years.
Hameed described the event as a “real confidence booster” and says the coaches soon realized he could score runs.
Aged 14, Hameed had been plying his trade throughout the year group phases of the academy system.
He then spent a winter playing in India, where former batsmen Ghulam Parkar, who played for the Asian country, approached him and his father.
Hameed was offered a scholarship by Parkar at a highly prestigious school, which is renowned for producing Indian cricketers.
This path has been known for paving the way into the India national team, however this was not something that Hameed was keen on.
Instead, Haseeb was intent on and had always dreamed of playing for England.
Hameed, who is now 18, has already made an impression on the youth international scene appearing for the Under 19s for the first time at just 16 years of age.
He was then promoted to captain earlier this summer before taking on Australia in a four day Ashes game.
“It was a big moment for me and the pride of representing England at the highest level for my age was great.
“Moments like that (captaining the side) makes it even more special” Hameed told Pluto.
This winter he will be part of the England U19s side as they take part in a tri series with India and Sri Lanka, in preparation for the Under 19s World Cup in Bangladesh.