Uncapped Rehan Ahmed has been added to England’s Test squad for the series in Pakistan

    Uncapped Rehan Ahmed has been added to England's Test squad for the series in Pakistan

    London [UK]November 24 (ANI): 18-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has been added to England’s Test squad for the upcoming ICC Test World Cup series against Pakistan.

    The 18-year-old, who was with the Lions at their training camp in the UAE and is currently playing in a three-day warm-up match against England in Abu Dhabi, has impressed the coaches with his attitude and genuine potential to earn his first call-up to the senior side.

    The series will begin with the first Test in Rawalpindi on December 1, followed by the next two matches in Multan and Karachi.

    If he is selected for the three-match Test series, the first time England have played in Pakistan in 17 years, he will become the youngest player to play Test cricket for England men, ahead of Yorkshire’s Brian Close, who represented the Three Lions at 18 years 149 days against New Zeeland in July 1949.

    At the 2022 ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup, Rehan became England’s second-highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets in four matches at an average of 12.58.

    “We know he’s not the finished article and has mixed potential, but Ben (Stokes), myself and the rest of the coaches like the way he approaches the game. His experience with the team in Pakistan will be very beneficial for him and he will add to our squad,” England Men’s Head Coach Brendan McCullum said in an official statement released by the England Cricket Board.

    England will fly to Pakistan on Saturday after a Test camp at the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Centre. The first test will be played in Rawalpindi on December 1.

    England Men’s Test Squad to Tour Pakistan: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brooke, Zach Crowley, Ben Duckett, Ben Fox, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingston, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson , Joe Root, Mark Wood and Rehan Ahmed.

    Pakistan squad for England Tests: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vcwk), Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr , Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood. (ANI)

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