Tanvir: Royals princes can be kings of England

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Sohail Tanvir needs no more convincing.

The Pakistan left-armer has simply seen enough.

After just a handful of games at the Ageas Bowl, he is certain Hampshire’s young talents are going to shape the future of the England team.

Tanvir knows all about the rigours of international cricket, having played 50 one-dayers, 29 t20s and two Test matches for his nation.

He has now witnessed at close quarters how players such as James Vince and Chris Wood have helped make the Royals a dominant force in the shortest forms of the domestic game.

And as Hampshire close in on the last four of the YB40 competition – ahead of Saturday’s fourth consecutive appearance at Friends Life t20 finals day – the pace bowler has tipped them to make the grade at the highest level, too.

‘We have played tremendously well in the shorter formats all season, whether it is t20 or YB40,’ said Tanvir.

‘Now we are looking to make it into our second semi-final.

‘I am really enjoying playing for Hampshire and playing with these guys as I think we have a very good side.

‘I said when I came we have a very good bunch of players. We have some great guys such as Neil McKenzie, Dimi (Mascarenhas) and Jimmy (Adams) – with all their experience.

‘And then we have the likes of Adam Wheater, Woody and Vince, who are superb young players.

‘And if they carry on like this, they will definitely be the future of England.’

Top-order batsman Vince, 22, and all-rounder Wood, 23, have both represented England at under-19 level.

Meanwhile, the former has featured for the Lions.

But only 22-year-old spinner Danny Briggs, with his four t20 caps and one ODI, has grabbed a full England call-up.

According to Tanvir, though, it is only a matter of time before that changes.

And he is looking forward to the talents continuing to showcase their skills when Hampshire travel to YB40 group B basement boys Scotland today.

But the Pakistan ace is not expecting an easy ride in his first trip north of the border.

He does, however, go into the game on the back of a match-winning return of four for 29 in the win over Essex at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday – figures which took his tally to 11 wickets in three YB40 matches.

‘I don’t believe Scotland is an easy fixture,’ he said.

‘You can’t take it easy against any side – you have to put 100 per cent in but if we do that we can beat anyone.

‘I have never played in Scotland before – I am really looking forward to it.

‘The job given to me – bowling up front and then coming back at the death – is always difficult.

‘But I think I am justifying my place in the side.’