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.
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 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.
“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.”