LONDON: England Cricket Board on Wednesday added an 18-year-old British-Pakistani, Rehan Ahmed, to the Test squad for the historic tour of Pakistan, commencing on December 1.
The leg-spinning all-rounder has obtained his maiden England call-up and if he will get an opportunity in enjoying XI in the course of the three-match sequence towards Pakistan, he’ll turn into the youngest cricketer to play a Test for England.
Leicestershire’s Rehan is at the moment a part of the England Lions and enjoying a warm-up sport towards the senior aspect throughout their coaching camp in Abu Dhabi.
“The 18-year-old, who has been with the Lions in their red-ball training camp in the UAE and is currently playing in the three-day warm-up fixture against the England Test squad in Abu Dhabi, has impressed coaches with his attitude and genuine potential to be given his first call up to the senior side.” stated ECB in a press launch
England red-ball coach Brendon McCullum praised the teen’s approach in direction of the sport moreover calling him an unfinished article.
“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.” stated McCullum as quoted by the ECB launch.
On Saturday, England will fly to Pakistan after concluding their Test camp on the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub.
Ben Stokes-led aspect will arrive in Pakistan on November 27 and after the Test in Rawalpindi, the group will travel to Multan for the second Test from December 9 to 13.
The ultimate match of the tour shall be staged on the National Stadium in Karachi, commencing on December 17.