England have decided to call up young leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed to the national team for the upcoming tour of Pakistan after impressing at a training camp in the UAE. Ahmed will be the youngest debutant in the team if he lines up for any of the three Tests.
Leg-spinner all-rounder Rehan Ahmed was last included in England’s squad for the Pakistan tour after impressing the 18-year-old coach. Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes The side is currently preparing for the three-match Test series amid the ongoing training camp in Abu Dhabi. Ahmed has just three first-class caps to his name, averages nine at 30, and is currently representing the England Lions in a warm-up match against Ollie Pope’s Test side. He also plied his trade for Leicestershire and Northern Superchargers on the English domestic circuit, playing in 7 List A games and 19 T20Is.
Had Ahmed played in any of the three Tests starting on December 1, 9 and 17 respectively, he would have surpassed Brian Close’s mark of 18 and 149 days to become the youngest Test debutant for his country. In 1949.
“We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential, but Ben (Stokes), myself and the other coaches like the way he approaches his game. The experience of being part of the team in Pakistan will be very beneficial for him and he will add to the composition of our team,” head coach Brendon McCullum was quoted as saying by ECB.
This will be England’s first Test in Pakistan in 17 years and it remains to be seen how they fare on the back of six wins in their last seven Tests under a renewed leadership core.
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