Jeetan Shashi Patel
(born 7 May 1980 in Wellington
) is a New Zealand
cricketer of Indian descent. Patel is a right arm off spin bowler
. He plays domestic cricket for the Wellington Firebirds
and has represented the New Zealand Black Caps
in One Day Internationals
matches, and Test cricket
Patel was earmarked as a promising player early in his career. He played age group cricket in Wellington at under 15, under 17, and under 19 levels. He played for the New Zealand Cricket Academy
in a one-day
match against England A in 1999 and made his debut for Wellington in New Zealand's 1999-2000 domestic season. Patel currently has a first class
bowling average of around 40 and a List A
bowling average in the mid-30s.
Patel showed steady improvement as a bowler during the 2004-05 season, taking 26 first class wickets at an average of 32.84. He played two one-dayers against South Africa A on the 2004-05 New Zealand A tour of South Africa. He represented the North Island in the 2004-05 State of Origin match and played for the New Zealand Academy in the 2005 Cricket Australia Emerging Players Tournament.
In the 2004 English Season, he represented Buckingham Town Cricket Club
, making a big impact in the 1st Team as well as progressing youngsters in local development schemes. Patel became the first player in twenty years to take 50 league wickets during his spell at the Bourton Road club and first player ever to go on to play international cricket.
Patel was a member of the 2005-06... Read More