I’m absolutely delighted to see Lancashire quick bowler Saqib Mahmood take to the field in the opening round of the One-Day Cup today.
Mahmood performed well in the North v South matches (Remember them?) but then spent the entirety of last season battling injury niggles. Extremely frustratingly, he was then unable to assume his England Lions place for the tour of India. This was apparently due to visa issues on the part of his Pakistan heritage.
Finally, he’s back on the field playing first team cricket. Hopefully he can snap up some wickets and make a significant impression during the competition.