Middlesex Cricket is delighted today to announce that four of the Club’s young stars have been rewarded with professional rookie contracts.
Ishaan Kaushal, Toby Greatwood and Max Harris have all had their rookie contracts renewed until the end of the 2022 season, having been initially awarded contracts in 2021, whilst wicket-keeper batsman, Daniel O’Driscoll, earns his first professional contract – a two-year deal until the end of 2023.
Of the three youngsters who received rookie contracts last year, only Greatwood had the opportunity to shine on the First Eleven stage, when making the most of his chance when taking two wickets on debut against Kent in the Royal London Cup clash at Radlett in August.
Both Kaushal and Harris were made to wait for their opportunities to impress in the First Eleven, as both suffered frustrating injuries throughout the year that prevented them from making their debuts.
Hillingdon born O’Driscoll, 19, will be eager to take his chance when it comes, having impressed hugely with both bat and gloves for the Club’s Second Eleven this summer.
Speaking of the awarding of the four rookie contracts, the Club’s Interim Head Coach, Alan Coleman, commented:
"Signing your first professional contract is always a proud moment, and there aren’t many who deserve that moment more than Dan. He works tirelessly to improve his game, is a bundle of energy behind the stumps and plays the game with a smile on his face - the way it should be player. There are many people involved in the Middlesex Player Pathway, as well as at Dan’s club Ickenham CC, who will no doubt be delighted that he has got this deserved recognition.
“In Ishaan, Max, and Toby we are lucky to have 3 very exciting young seam bowlers, each of them different in style but all with huge amounts of potential. Ishaan’s skill and control have stood out in both Middlesex youth cricket and Second Eleven matches, and he was unfortunate to get injured just after he received a short-term contract in the latter part of last season. Max also suffered with injury early on last season but showed a real determination and hard work ethic to come back from this towards the end of the Second Team year. He has the ability and desire to bowl fast, and it will be exciting to watch his progress in the next 12 months.
“Our members will have seen a bit more of Toby than the rest during our 50-Over campaign, and he showed off his skills well in the match against Kent at Radlett CC. Toby is a great competitor and his desire to win and succeed is infectious. I’m sure he will build on the good start he made to professional cricket last season, and we will see good things from him in the next year.”