Rehan Ahmed may become England’s youngest male Test cricketer after Leicestershire’s young leg spinner was added to the squad for next month’s tour of Pakistan.
If selected during the three-game series that began at Rawalpindi on 1 December, Ahmed of 18 years and 103 days would beat Brian Close’s record (18 years 149 days against New Zealand in 1949) and become Leicestershire’s first England. Actress since James Taylor in 2011.
The call was announced after the first day of England’s three-day warm-up against the Lions in Abu Dhabi with captain and head coach Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum respectively, Ahmed’s eight top figures have not given up, none at 73. Senior players made a dizzying 501 out of 79 top-seven.
“We know it’s not a finished product and has raw potential,” McCullum told Teada Ahmed. “But Ben, I and the rest of the coaches love his approach to his game. The experience of being a part of the squad in Pakistan will be very rewarding for him and will add to the structure of our squad.”
Having played only three first-class matches to date, Ahmed has been selected for his undisputed potential. The summer, at least, ended encouragingly, claiming both a first-class centennial (122 from 113 balls) and a five-pointer (five to 114 from 28.2) during a draw against Derbyshire at Grace Road.
The England Under-19 international, who has already garnered attention in the Twenty20 series, will offer an additional option for Stokes. Prior to his call, Jack Leach was the only frontline player in the touring party, backed by two unrestricted hitters, Will Jacks and Liam Livingstone.
Alongside Ahmed’s news, Ollie Pope scored 146 points from 120 balls, 96 points from the opener for Zak Crawley and 84 points from Jacks 48 points, England’s warm-up fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Complex provided a return to morale action for Jofra Archer. fast shooter’s 18-month injury suspension.
Recovering from stress fractures in his elbow and lower back, Archer is believed to be aiming for a comeback in England’s ODI series in South Africa next January, posting eight overs, including 38 to zero in that first comeback.