Pakistan v England: Tourists add leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, 18, to Test squad


Rehan Ahmed
Rehan Ahmed has taken 21 wickets in 19 Twenty20 games in his career
Venue: Rawalpindi Date: 1-5 December
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Leicestershire leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has been added to England’s Test squad for their three-Test tour of Pakistan.

Ahmed, 18, will become England’s youngest Test player if he features on the tour, surpassing Brian Close, who was 18 years and 149 days in 1949.

Playing for England Lions, he took 0-73 from eight overs in their match against the Test squad on Wednesday.

“We know he’s not the finished article and has raw potential,” said England head coach Brendon McCullum.

“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.”

Ahmed took 12 wickets as England reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup in February.

He has taken nine wickets at an average of 30.11 in three first-class games for Leicestershire.

England fly to Pakistan from their Test camp in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, with the first Test starting in Rawalpindi on 1 December.

England squad for Test series in Pakistan: Ben Stokes, Rehan Ahmed, 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.

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