England have added teenager Rehan Ahmed to their Take a look at squad for December’s tour of Pakistan, placing the 18-year-old near changing into the youngest males’s cricketer within the nation’s historical past.
Ahmed, initially as a consequence of journey to Pakistan as a bowler, was formally drafted into the squad on Wednesday regardless of enjoying simply three first-class matches.
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The younger all-rounder, who grew up in Nottingham, made his County Championship debut for Leicestershire in Could, turning heads a couple of months later as he scored 122 targets and took 5/114 in the identical match towards Derbyshire.
He additionally loved a profitable T20 Blast marketing campaign with Leicestershire, getting 19 wickets at 8.15pm in 14 matches.
If Ahmad makes his Pakistan worldwide debut subsequent month, he’ll turn into England’s youngest males’s cricketer, a report presently held by all-rounder Brian Shut, who was 18 years and 149 days previous when he made his Take a look at debut towards New Zealand in 1949
Ahmed was born in August 2004, greater than 12 months after James Anderson’s Take a look at debut. The 2 might turn into teammates within the coming weeks.
“We all know it isn’t the completed article and has uncooked potential,” mentioned England Take a look at supervisor Brendon McCullum.
“However Ben (Stokes), myself and the remainder of the coaches like the way in which he approaches his sport. The expertise of being a part of the crew in Pakistan might be massively useful to him and add to our squad composition.”
Ahmed’s most harmful weapon is undeniably his googly: six years in the past, he despatched off England captains Ben Stokes and Alasdair Cook dinner in a internet session at Lord’s when he was 11.
“I threw Ben Stokes a pair of leg spinners and a googly and he was gone,” mentioned Ahmed ESPNcricinfo earlier this 12 months.
“He wasn’t the happiest so I did not have fun… I simply took the ball and went again to my mark.
“However once I teased Alastair Cook dinner, it was a bit extra like that. He wasn’t that bothered. However I did not have fun as a result of he is most likely the most effective participant in Take a look at cricket. So I used to be simply fortunate to do this.”
The next summer time, Ahmed mentored the late Shane Warne in a networking session, with footage of their assembly going viral on Thursday.
“I will be retaining an in depth eye on you,” the Australian cricket legend mentioned within the video.
“I believe we are going to touch upon you very quickly.
“I believe you might be enjoying first-class cricket aged 15.”
Warne’s prediction wasn’t far off: Ahmed made his Record A debut for Leicestershire aged 16.
Ahmed represented England at this 12 months’s Below-19 Cricket World Cup within the West Indies, taking 12 scalps in 4 matches to complete because the sixth highest wicket taker within the event.
Within the semi-final towards Afghanistan, he took three wickets within the penultimate over to assist England safe a 15-run victory and ebook their place within the remaining.
Ahmed took 24 wickets in 13 someday matches for the England Below-19 crew, boasting an financial system price of three.87.
Throughout this week’s warm-up match between England and the Lions, the tweaker hit 26 off 10s, together with two sixes and three fours, and despatched eight wicketless overs for 73 runs.
Regardless of solely bowling 446 deliveries in first-class cricket so far, Ahmed might ply his commerce at Take a look at stage subsequent month.
“I personally really feel mentally prepared,” mentioned Ahmed The day by day mail this week.
“James Anderson might be on the tour, so it is simply psychological. He is been enjoying worldwide cricket longer than I am alive. He is loopy.
“However I am attempting to remain within the current, not pondering an excessive amount of ahead, and I by no means do. I’ll proceed to try to practice as greatest I can in Dubai and hopefully in the event that they take me to coach with them, nice, in any other case I’ll come again and practice with Leicester.’
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq tweeted: “He caught my eye once we met in England seven years in the past. It was a pleasure to see him surpass his friends with the Googly of him. Congratulations to @RehanAhmed__16 and your loved ones. I am actually comfortable to see your progress.”
The primary take a look at between Pakistan and England kicks off on the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, with the primary dance scheduled for 4pm AEDT.
Initially launched as Teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed added to England Take a look at squad for tour to Pakistan