Rehan Ahmed is set to become England’s youngest ever cricketer after being named in the squad for the third Test against Pakistan.
Rehan Ahmed will be 18 years and 126 days old on Saturday when the final match of the three-Test series kicks off in Karachi. This will beat the mark set by Brian Close, who was 18 years and 149 days old when he played a Test for England in 1949.
Ahmed appeared in just three first-class matches for Leicestershire, with nine wickets and 195 runs. He replaces Will Jacks. In the only other change from the second Test, goalkeeper Ben Foakes replaces spirited James Anderson.
Captain Ben Stokes told reporters on Thursday that Ahmed was an exciting talent but they needed to nurture him.
« It’s always interesting to have a spinner, especially for England, but you shouldn’t get carried away with the potential he has, » he said.
“Because he’s only young, and you always have to cultivate talent, no matter how exciting. »
England won the first Test in Rawalpindi by 74 runs before prevailing by 26 runs in the second Test to record their first victory in Pakistan since 2000-01. Stokes said they will do their utmost to become the first Test team to complete a 3-0 clean streak in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, former Pakistani captain Azhar Ali has said he will quit Test cricket after the third and final match of the series in Karachi.
“It has been a great honor and privilege for me to represent my country at the highest level,” Azhar, 37, said on Friday. “Deciding when to stop is always difficult, but after thinking deeply, I have come to realize that now is the right time for me to retire from Test cricket. »
Ali, who made his Lord’s debut against Australia in 2010, played 96 Test matches and scored 7,097 points at an average of 42.49, including 19 centuries.
He finished his career as the fifth best Pakistani runner behind Younis Khan (10,099 runs), Javed Miandad (8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (7,530).
« There are a lot of people I’m grateful to on this exhausting, but beautiful journey, » Ali added.
“I want to particularly mention my family without whose sacrifices I would not have been where I am today. My parents, my wife, my siblings and my children have been my strength along the way. »
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