England's Samit Patel earns ECB increment contract
England all-rounder Samit Patel has been given an increment contract by the ECB for 2011-12.
Non-contracted players earn increment contracts via a points system. Patel qualifies after playing nine one-dayers and a Twenty20 international.
The Nottinghamshire player featured in all four one-dayers against Pakistan.
ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "This award reflects the contribution Samit has made and we congratulate him on his achievement."
Patel, 27, played a useful role in helping England win their one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE. Although he batted just once in the first three games, scoring 17 not out, he picked up key wickets.
It reflects an upturn in his England fortunes, having suffered nearly three years in exile because of concerns over his fitness.