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Rehan Ahmed: A Cricket Star of the Future

England's Rehan Ahmed
England's Rehan Ahmed
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The England and Leicester all-round cricketer, Rehan Ahmed, has been tipped for future glory after his performance against Pakistan. 

His former and current coaches at Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire agree that he is quickly becoming one of the most exciting up-and-coming talents in English cricket after taking 5 wickets for England in their Test debut against Pakistan.

Right now, cricket betting fans are certainly watching his performances with interest - as it seems that he is a hugely talented player with the world at his feet. With his talent and some hard work, he could make it all the way to the top.

A Teen With Talent

His test debut in Pakistan in December 2022 could be the start of a meteoric rise for the 18-year-old.  However, cricket fans will already have had him on the radar after seeing some of his county performances.

He made his Leicestershire debut in May - and it was just seven months later that he became the country’s youngest Test player in history, boasting the best numbers by any England leg-spinner since 1959 when Tommy Greenhough managed 16-4-35-5 against India.

In his wake, he left Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Mohammad Wasim and even the Pakistani captain Babar Azam. He also featured in the IPL auction with a £40,000 base price - well and truly announcing himself as one of the biggest and best prospects of English cricket.

Born for Greatness

Ahmed was born in Nottingham back in 2004 into a family that is devoted to cricket. His father, Naeem, even played for Pakistan during the 1970s. He was there to witness his son’s glory on the Karachi pitch and receive his first Test cap of what looks to be a long and successful international career.

At the age of 13, he met his cricketing idol, Shane Warne who saw promise in the youngster, tipping him for stardom after he clean bowled Ben Stokes during an England youth team practice session. Warne himself predicted that by the age of 15, he would be on his road to stardom and he wasn't too far wrong.

In the Family?

It was just a couple of years ago that Rehan was sitting in his school uniform taking his GCSE exams - and it is looking as though he has a younger brother hot on his heels. He is right behind him in terms of schooling and cricketing.

Currently, his younger brother, Farhan is also an all-rounder and is performing very well at Nottinghamshire’s academy. He already forms part of the cricket squad’s second XI. He is well on the way to emulating his big brother and is looking to break through both at club level and also at international level.

His brother, along with his father, has been leading his fans all the way. Farhan was overjoyed to see his brother’s outstanding performance against Pakistan. In fact, he was thrilled just to see his brother getting the call-up, let alone perform the way he did. He, his mum and his dad were already over there and ready to support him from the front row.

A Wanted Man

Leicestershire is well aware of Ahmed’s potential and has tied him down to a contract with the county club up until 2026. He has starred for his team's white-ball sides. At Country Championship Division 2 level, he managed to take 5 wickets and also made a century against Derbyshire.

The Future of English Cricket

There have been many issues surrounding English cricket recently. There have been many highs and many lows. There have been incredible successes as well as some embarrassing failures, However, with stars such as Ahmed representing the future of the country, we have lots of reasons to be hopeful.

It is still early days and lots can change, but for now, there will be plenty of eyes on this young man - and hopes pinned for a brighter future.