Brendon McCullum said – “Pakistan tour would be fabulous kind of opportunity for someone like Rehan Ahmed”. Only a few days before the journey to Pakistan, Rehan Ahmed was added to the team.
The English red-ball squad has arrived in Pakistan before of their first bilateral Test series. Against the Men in Green in 17 years. The three-match Test series against Pakistan, which begins on December 1. Will feature the freshly crowned T20 World Cup champions and Pakistan.
Rehan Ahmed, an 18 year old leg-spinner, was one of the intriguing additions to the England team for the series. Brendon McCullum, the England coach, said the youthful phenom oozes tremendous confidence. And that the series will be a “fantastic” chance for Rehan.
“What a fabulous kind of opportunity for someone like him. He seems really confident in himself. He’s 18 and on an England tour to Pakistan so there’s some real opportunities there and there’ll be some challenges along the way, but it’s our job to figure this out. We know that he’s not the finished product. He’s a long way away from that, but he’s got something which is pretty kind of special,”Three Lions coach said.
Rehan has only play in three first-class matches so far, but if he is select for the Pakistan Test playing XI, he would make history as the youngest player to ever make his England men’s debut. The spinner, who was born on August 13, 2004, officially surpass Brian Close (18 years and 149 days), who represented the national team in whites.
Brendon McCullum said : “We need to get the team together”
The coach also emphasized that despite having distinct teams for the various formats, the team should stay cohesive in the lead-up to the trip.
“One learning we had from earlier on in the year is that because now the team is very separate to the Twenty20 setup. A lot of our guys go off and they do their own thing, so if we’re asking these guys to push the boundaries, then we need to get them together a bit earlier,”McCullum said.
“A lot of that is not to do with cricket but breaking down those barriers, spending time socially, playing golf or at the pool. Once you have spent a couple of days together, you can put the graft in and start ticking off the skill side of things,”He added.