Thursday, November 24, 2022

Rehan Ahmed, a teenage spinner, is set to make history for England in Pakistan

Teen spinner Rehan Ahmed set to make history for England in Pakistan

LONDON: Teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed could turn into England's most youthful men's Test cricketer after being added to the squad on Wednesday for the three-match tour of Pakistan starting one week from now.

Leicestershire's England under-19 international is 18 and 102 days and whenever selected would beat Yorkshire's Brian Close, who represented England at 18 years and 149 days against New Zealand in July 1949.

"We know he's not the finished article and has raw potential, yet Ben (Stokes), myself and the other coaches like how he approaches his game," said head coach Brendon McCullum in a statement.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 A 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 second. We're glad for you, @RehanAhmed__16. 💫🦊#MomentsThatMatter

— Leicestershire CCC 🏏 (@leicsccc) 1669226516000

"The experience of being part of the squad in Pakistan will be gigantically beneficial for him, and he will add to the make-up of our squad," McCullum added.

England, presently in Abu Dhabi, fly to Pakistan on Saturday with the principal Test in Rawalpindi from December 1.

The Test will be England's most memorable in Pakistan since 2005. International teams have largely steered clear since an attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lankan team transport in Lahore in 2009 killed six police officers and two civilians. 

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