England add Rehan Ahmed to the Test squad against Pakistan

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23 Nov 2022 | 01:38 PM
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England add Rehan Ahmed to the Test squad against Pakistan

The 18-year-old could become the youngest debutant for England in the red-ball format

Rehan Ahmed, the 18-year-old leg-spinner, has been added to England’s Test setup for the upcoming three-match series against Pakistan. The young leggie has been thoroughly impressive across age-group cricket before impressing the selectors at the highest level in the County with Leicestershire. 

The leggie has been part of the England Lions’ setup, and is currently playing in the three-day warm-up fixture against England’s Test squad in Abu Dhabi. His impressive display in the camp has certainly led to his selection in the main squad. 

“We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential, but Ben (Stokes), myself and the rest of the coaches like how he approaches his game. The experience of being part of the squad in Pakistan will be hugely beneficial for him, and he will add to the make-up of our squad,” England’s head coach Brendon McCullum said. 

Ahmed has the opportunity to become the youngest English Test debutant, surpassing Brian Close, who made his debut at the age of 18 years and 149 days against New Zealand way back in 1949. 

England will fly on Saturday (November 26) to Pakistan with the first Test set to begin on December 1 in Rawalpindi.

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