Saj Mahmood happy to be at Taunton

Saj Mahmood who has joined Somerset on loan from Lancashire until the end of the season is finding things very much to his liking at the County Ground.

The 30 year old who has played in eight Test matches and 26 ODI forEnglandhas been unable to get a regular place in the first team at Lancashire so when the opportunity to join Somerset came along he had no hesitation in accepting it.

“When my agent phoned me up and said thatSomersethad phoned up and asked if I would like to join them on loan I said yes straight away. My main reason was that I have not played so much for Lancashire this season.”

“I played for the first month or so since when I have not really been able to get back in  the side, especially with Ajmal Shazad joining from Yorkshire.”

“I didn’t hesitate and said yes and drove to down toTauntonon Monday and already I feel part of the set up and am very much enjoying myself so far.”

How had he found things since he arrived at the start of the week?

“I have played alongside Marcus Trescothick and Pete Trego, as well as Steve Kirby and they are all top guys. Its really good to be part of the dressing room and to get out onto the park and play some cricket.”

“The work ethic here is very good and everybody at the club works really hard. I have only been here for a few days but the team play good aggressive cricket and its good top be a part of.”

“Somerset have got some top quality and experienced players and some really good youngsters who are coming through and performing so it is good to be a part of it.”

How had Saj found bowling atTaunton?

“I have bowled here before on several occasions and obviously it is a little bit different to the wickets up north where they tend to do a bit more.”

“The Taunton wicket is slightly flatter but its good to be here because my main aim is to get out there and bowl and play some competitive cricket in match situations. This is a massive thing for me so I am grateful toSomersetfor coming in and asking to join them on loan.”

“Personally all I want to do is bowl and get wickets for Somerset and help to get them into some sort of winning positions in the games and play my part as a strike bowler down here and I am really looking forward to it.”

Looking ahead to the next few weeks Saj said: “There are three more championship games and a CB40 on Monday which I am really looking forward to. I haven’t played one day cricket for a while so it will be good to get back into it.”

What about his long term future?

“I haven’t really thought too much about that because my immediate focus is getting out there and bowling in the games that I am here for and doing well forSomerset and whatever happens after that we will deal with.”

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