Parkinson extends current deal

Leicestershire County Cricket Club is excited to announce that slow left arm spinner Callum Parkinson has signed a contract extension at the Fischer County Ground, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Parkinson has been handed a new deal at the FCG following an impressive season for the Foxes which saw him take a team-high 12 wickets in the 2019 Vitality Blast campaign.

On the extension, Parkinson said: “I’m delighted to commit myself until at least 2021. I love playing cricket here at Leicestershire CCC. It’s become my home and the people are brilliant. Hopefully good things await us on and off the pitch.”

During his three years at the Fischer County Ground, Parkinson has taken on a key role with regards to Leicestershire CCC’s spin attack, particularly in the shorter formats.

He said: “I’ve been delighted with my success in T20, I feel I’m getting better each competition and learning more and more about the art of being a spinner in the shortest form.

“I know my role, and I’m just hoping to keep contributing to some wins for the Foxes and hopefully we can push for a Finals Day appearance.”

However, the 23-year old also has high ambitions for the red-ball game. He said: “I think, first and foremost, I want to be playing more red ball cricket.

“It’s been tough bowling at times at the Fischer County Ground in four-day cricket, but I feel it has only made me a better, more resilient bowler. I also want to compete more in all three forms and ultimately win matches for the club.”

Parkinson took 12 wickets in the Vitality Blast last season, putting him joint fourth in the all-time T20 wicket-takers for the Foxes, only 24 behind Claude Henderson in top spot. It is a record that he has his sights set on.

“I know I’m level with my spin coach Jigar Naik so one more would be sweet to go past him and give him a bit of stick,” he joked. “I have seen Claude’s record and it’s obviously something I’d love to achieve. I think I’m on 42, so I’m eyeing up his total.

“I would trade some of the wickets for a few more wins and to reach the quarter-finals of course, but personal landmarks are always nice.”

Leicestershire CCC’s all-rounder has recently travelled out to Australia to join Harry Swindells, Sam Evans and Mark Cosgrove to continue his winter programme after returning to the Fischer County Ground with the Foxes two weeks prior.

Despite being over 9,000 miles away, he will not need to look too far for a familiar face as he explains. “I’m playing for Northern Districts in Adelaide with Coz [Mark Cosgrove], he’s actually captain and coach over there, and I’ll be living with him.

“I am looking forward to it, it’ll be great get some competitive overs outside in my body before the season and experience a new culture.”

After a fruitful 2019 with ball behind him, Parkinson looks at which aspects of his game he wants to improve whilst away from home. He said: “I need to keep progressing with my batting and Adelaide will be crucial for me in that regard.

“It would be nice to give Nico [Paul Nixon] and Horts [Paul Horton] another option if I can get myself to be able to bat at 7 in red ball cricket.

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