Uncapped 18-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has been added to England's Test squad for the upcoming ICC World Test Championship series against Pakistan.
Rehan impressed the coaching staff during the three-day warm-up fixtures for England Lions against the Test squad in the training camp in UAE and has been added to the senior squad.
Acknowedging that he is "not the finished article", England Men’s red-ball head coach, Brendon McCullum, said that "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.”
If he gets to play Rehan will become the youngest player to play Test cricket for England Men's team.
Youngest England men's Test debutants
|Player||Debut year||Age at the time of debut|
|Brian Close||1949||18 years 149 days|
|John Crawford||1906||19 years 32 days|
|Denis Compton||1937||19 years 83 days|
|Ben Hollioake||1997||19 years 269 days|
|Haseeb Hameed||2016||19 years 297 days|
|Ian Peebles||1927||19 years 338 days|
|Sam Curran||2018||19 years 363 days|
"We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential," McCullum added.
Rehan was England's second-highest wicket-taker in the ICC Men's Under-19 World Cup in 2022, taking 12 wickets in four matches at an average of 12.58.
The series will kick off with the first Test in Rawalpindi on December 1 followed by the next two matches in Multan and Karachi.
England Men’s Test squad for Pakistan tour: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed
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