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England add teenage spinner Ahmed to Pakistan squad

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LONDON: Teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed could become England’s youngest men’s Test cricketer after being added Wednesday to the squad for next month’s tour of Pakistan.

The 18-year-old has been training with the second-string England Lions in the United Arab Emirates during the past three weeks and has done enough to gain selection for a senior squad where Jack Leach is the only proven red-ball slow bowler.

In addition to his age, Ahmed’s rise is all the more remarkable as he has played just three first-class matches and only made his County Championship debut for Leicestershire in May.

He will now head to a three-Test series in Pakistan, where pitches traditionally favor spin bowlers, with a mere nine first-class wickets to his credit.

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