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England tour to Pakistan – Rehan Ahmed could become youngest man to play a Test for England after call up

Rehan Ahmed (18-year-old legspinner from Leicestershire) has been officially added to England’s Test squad for Pakistan.

Ahmed, who only has three first-class appearances, originally planned to travel to Pakistan to play net bowl. The ECB decided in October that this experience would be beneficial to one of the best young cricketers in England. Following a rigorous period of training with England Lions at the UAE and culminating in a warm up match in Abu Dhabi against Test team, he will now travel in a more official capacity.

He Brendon McCullum, Test coach, informed him of his promotion to full squad at tea. He also took a great catch to take out Will Jacks, who was back-pedalling from the cover and off Dan Lawrence’s bowling.

Ahmed, who was born August 13, 2004, could be selected. England’s youngest debutantHe defeated Brian Close’s 18 year and 149 day records when he was chosen for a Test match against New Zealand in 1949. He This would be the first time that a Leicestershire cricketer has been capped by the national side since August 2011, when James Taylor made an ODI debut.

McCullum spoke out about Ahmed’s selection saying, “We know that he isn’t the finished article” and having raw potential. “But Ben [Stokes]He is a great coach. I love how he approaches the game. His experience as a member of the Pakistan squad will be a huge benefit to him and he will contribute to the overall composition of our team.

Ahmed’s call-up marks another major milestone in a remarkable 18 month. In 2021’s Royal London Cup, Ahmed took five wickets in seven matches, and more impressively, he averaged 44.50 runs with the bat. After that, he was a star at Under-19. World Cup with 12 disqualifications in England’s run up to the final, where they were beaten 2-0 by India.

He He then concluded the 2022 summer with a maiden century and five-wicket victory against Derbyshire (112, 5 for 114) which highlighted the versatility he has in both of these disciplines. He Originally scheduled to play in the Pakistan Junior League – an Under-19 competition of the Pakistan Super League – but was pulled by the ECB as they wanted to make use of him in winter. England were proactive in steering him toward red-ball cricket, despite other franchise options. This is especially important considering the lack of spin options in the longest format.

He England will have cover in case they encounter Pakistani pitches. This is in addition to Will Jacks and Liam Livingstone being part-time spinners. Jack Leach, the only frontline spinner in the original squad of 15, was not included in this alternative.

The tour of Pakistan will be historic for England, as it has been 17 years since their last visit to the country in Test series. However, it will also be significant for Ahmed.

Ahmed stated that “My father is from Pakistan and I have relatives there so I’ve been there a few times.” ESPNcricinfo interviewed Ahmed in October. “We come from Mirpur. Every time I’ve been there, I’ll go and train at the stadium. There will be a lot of bowlers available to bowl to me and plenty of batsmen ready to bat.

“Everytime I’ve been there, it’s always great: the care they take of you there is insane. It would allow the entire world to represent England at Pakistan. It would be fantastic.”

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