Rehan Ahmed: Is next Indian Premier League contract for record-breaking English spinner? | Cricket News

Rehan Ahmed: Is next Indian Premier League contract for record-breaking English spinner? | Cricket News

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England’s youngest male Test cricketer on Saturday. The youngest Test cricketer to score a five-for on debut on Monday. Indian Premier League contract on Friday?

It sounds like an updated version of a Craig David classic, but it’s not. It’s the week Rehan Ahmed is hoping for, with those Test match records possibly followed by a lucrative T20 appearance.

Ahmed, 18, joins Test skipper Ben Stokes, former captain Joe Root and in-form Harry Brook on a long list of England players to be bought at the IPL auction.

The Leicestershire all-rounder could be an attractive proposition, although overseas crackpots are rarely at the top of IPL franchises’ shopping lists.

For one thing, Ahmed doesn’t cost a fortune. It has a base price of 50 lakh (around £50,000) which remains very reasonable despite the 40 lakh (around £40,000) hike following its test debut.

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He also showed in Pakistan that he has a great stuffed animal, a decent leg spinner and a fine temper. After a nervous start, the teenager gained confidence and appeared to be enjoying the big occasion.

England captain Stokes told InNewCL Sports Cricket: “What struck me is that the more Rehan got into the game, the more confident he was in speaking to me about fields.

“Leg spinners are an absolute gem. They can change the game and we saw that when he bowled us to victory. It’s exciting for him to have the ability that he has but is far from finished article. I’m not sure which is better, its batting or bowling.”

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Stokes gave Ahmed a chance to bat at No. 3 in the second innings of the final Test against Pakistan, with the youngster hitting two scintillating offsides before being bowled to the leg.

He played a more enduring inning for Leicestershire in September against Derbyshire and scored a county championship century in the same game as he bagged a five for himself. Ahmed is also a livewire on the field, so should an IPL team target him, they’ll get a three-dimensional cricketer.

The PA news agency said on Wednesday that Leicestershire, who worked closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board over the youngster’s schedule last year, initially expected him not to take part in this year’s tournament and set up the LV= Insurance County championship season with them in April.

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A moment Rehan Ahmed will never forget as he claims his first Test wicket after a superb catch from Ollie Pope

The county supports Ahmed’s decision to remain in the auction, but while that avenue was being discussed the decision was made to keep it under review in order to develop Ahmed’s red-ball skills ahead of a possible role in next summer’s Ashes frame for a contract, with the Pakistan Super League out of the question.

England head coach Brendon McCullum told BBC’s Test Match Special: “It would be great if [Ahmed got an IPL contract]. Why not get the opportunity to play under different coaches and captains, interact with different players and gain that experience?

“What 18-year-old boy anywhere else in world cricket is going to get those chances? I think we should encourage it. He won’t be in everyone [England] Kader and I will encourage him to play as much franchise cricket as possible and gain as much experience around the globe.”

What other English players are hoping for a signing?

There are already seven England players confirmed to be taking part after being signed by their respective franchises for the 2023 competition, which is scheduled to take place from March 26th to May 28th.

England’s limited overs captain Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals) and his runner-up Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings) will both take part. Also retained are Mark Wood (Lucknow Super Giants), Jofra Archer (Mumbai Indians), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings) and David Willey (Royal Challengers Bangalore).

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Chris Jordan, Jason Roy and Tymal Mills competed in the 2022 competition but were not taken on by their franchises and the trio are among 27 England players, including Ahmed, hoping to be selected on Friday.

The highest profile England player on the list is Test captain Stokes, who is set to return to the IPL after opting to sit out last year’s tournament.

England’s all-round hit, Brook, and T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament, Sam Curran, should also attract plenty of interest.

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Root, who stepped down as England Test captain earlier this year, has declared himself for the auction hoping to make his IPL debut aged 32, but it remains to be seen if his more reserved playing style will land him a deal.

England senior limited overs spinner Adil Rashid is available along with international regular Dawid Malan. Other new England team members such as Phil Salt, Reece Topley and Will Jacks are also up for auction.

A notable absence is T20 specialist Alex Hales, who said he is sitting out the tournament to focus on international commitments after returning to the England line-up.

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