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Rehan Ahmed: England add leg-twirling teenager to squad for Pakistan Test tour

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Rehan Ahmed joins the England Test squad for the Pakistan tour after impressing during the camp in the United Arab Emirates.

The 18-year-old could become England’s youngest men’s cricket tester should he feature in the three-game series, which kicks off in Rawalpindi on December 1.

Ahmed has done enough in the past three weeks to persuade management that he is ready to join the senior team, despite only three top-class appearances to his name.

Ahmed only made his LV=County Championship debut for Leicestershire in May and is set to take full Test honors after playing just 446 balls in first-class cricket, with nine wickets.

If he wins selection at Rawalpindi, Multan or Karachi, he will break the previous record of Brian Close, who first took the Three Lions to 18 years and 149 days in 1949.

But he was tipped for big things from an early age, catching media attention aged just 11 when he sent Ben Stokes and Sir Alastair Cook back into the net after being asked to play for the national team .

He was picked up in The Hundred by defending champions Southern Brave earlier this summer despite a lack of competitive experience and was later invited to train with England’s white ball team at Old Trafford, enjoying a long session alongside his compatriot Adil Rashid.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org