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Ben Stokes hail ‘rare talent’ Rehan Ahmed

CricketBen Stokes hail 'rare talent' Rehan Ahmed

Srinagar: The England Test skipper and star all-rounder Ben Stokes has hailed ‘rare talent’ Rehan Ahmed ahead of Test series against Pakistan.

The 18-year-old Rehan has been included in England’s 16-man squad for the Test series against Pakistan in Pakistan.

So far in his brief first-class career, Rehan has taken nine wickets and scored 195 runs, including a century and a five-for against Derbyshire in the County Championship 2022.

“We’ve seen him as one of those very rare talents. To have someone at such a young age be so noticeable as a cricketer with the way that he bowls and the way that he bats. We saw it as an excellent opportunity to get him into the squad, get him around the group, get him into the environment,” Stokes was quoted as saying.

“He’s a fantastic talent, he loves cricket, and he just spends all his time shadow-batting in his room,” he added. “He absolutely loves it. I’m really excited to have him into the squad, get him around the group, and see what he’s got.”

“We’re also fully aware that he’s not the finished project yet. I think it’s important for his inclusion not be to be looked into too much,” the all-rounder said.

“We see this as an opportunity to get someone as talented as Rehan into the squad, nurture him, and then who knows where we could be in two to three years?

“If we feel like we want to chuck him a Test cap, then we’re in a position to do that as well.”

If Rehan makes his England debut during the series, he will become the country’s youngest Test player.

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