Ben Stokes, the captain of the English team, stated that leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed will become England’s youngest player to ever participate in a Test match when the third and final game against Pakistan begins on Saturday in Karachi.
When the match begins, Ahmed will have completed 18 years and 126 days of his life. This would put him ahead of Brian Close, who made his debut for England against New Zealand in Manchester in 1949 when he was 18 years and 149 days old.
At a press conference in Karachi, Stokes stated, “I believe it’s a terrific opportunity for us to not only look at him but for him to come in and experience what it’s like to play international cricket.”
“This is an exciting time for Rehan in particular, and he was really excited when we gave him the go-ahead that he was going to play last night,” the author writes. “It’s been a while since he’s had an opportunity like this.”
After England’s victory in the second test match in Multan, which they won by 26 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series, Stokes revealed two changes to the team’s lineup.
Will Jacks, who bowls spin, will be replaced by Ahmed, while wicketkeeper Ben Foakes will take the place of James Anderson, who is getting some rest.
Since Ben Stokes took over as captain of England’s Test team in April and Brendon McCullum was hired in May as the team’s head coach, England has taken a more risky approach to the game of Test cricket. Ahmed’s participation underlines this approach.
According to Stokes, Ahmed had a good showing during the previous English season. In his final first-class encounter, Ahmed scored a hundred runs and took five wickets.
Additionally, he left an impression on McCullum and Stokes during the pre-tour match that took place in Abu Dhabi a month ago.
“He’s got a lot of skill with both the bat and the ball, so it’s great to be able to bring someone with the talent and the excitement that he has into the group and see what he’s got this week,” said Stokes. “He’s got a lot of skill with both the bat and the ball.”
“He has a wide variety of shots at his disposal. And it goes without saying that having a wrist-spinner on your squad, especially in these kinds of conditions, is quite beneficial “he stated.
Stokes had high hopes that the pitch at Karachi’s National Stadium would be able to spin the ball more than the one in Multan.
“We’ve also taken a look at the wicket, which appears to be quite dry; I personally think it might spin a bit more than it did in the previous Test match,” he said. “We’ve also taken a look at the wicket.”
After a long period of time during which they refused to go for concerns related to security, England is currently on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005.