Like Haseeb Hameed, Saqib Mahmood graduated through to play for England Under 19s at the age of 17. Having also played for their Lions side, he will now hope he can continue to match Hameed and become a senior Test player.
Mahmood signed his first pro contract at Emirates Old Trafford ahead of 2015 alongside Hameed, Matt Parkinson and Tom Bailey.
He was part of the Lancashire Under 17s side who won the Royal London one-day Cup and shared the two-day Championship title with Surrey in 2014, and he has since made his first-team breakthrough.
The Rochdale based seamer has also played for the England Lions and, as aforementioned, is highly rated within the national set up.
Mahmood, on Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programmes between 2012 and 2014, made his first-team debut in the NatWest T20 Blast in 2015, playing three times.
He made two further appearances in that competition in 2016, whilst also making his List A and County Championship debuts.
Mahmood took eight wickets in as many List A appearances for Lancashire and the England Lions, including a best of 3-55.
This all came after he took 13 wickets in six matches for England’s Under 19s at the one-day World Cup in Bangladesh in early 2016. Only two other bowlers took more wickets in the competition.
Mahmood, who bowls with good pace and has a low, whippy action, made his Championship debut on a flat pitch against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in early August.
He deserved far more reward than his figures of 1-121 from 33 overs suggest, and he demonstrated that he has much to offer club and country in the future.
Mahmood prepared for 2017 by taking part in the ECB’s specialist fast bowling training camp in Potchefstroom, and he ended the year with the Lions in Australia.
Sandwiched in between, he had a mixed summer.
It started with him ruled out of the Royal London one-day Cup with a side injury. He returned and took five wickets in the second-team Championship final win over Hampshire on the Isle of Wight.
He took 12 wickets in first-team Championship cricket, with a best of 4-50 in the first innings of the season-ending win over Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford as Lancashire finished second in Division One.
He was the last man to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara in first-class cricket, his most prized scalp to date.