The 18-year-old England National Cricket Team leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has reportedly opted out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction, which is all set to be held on December 23 in Kochi. The leggie was set to enter the auction with a base price of INR 40 lakh.
Rehan Ahmed made his international debut in the third and final Test match of the series against Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team at the National Stadium in Karachi.
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The 18-year-old became the youngest ever to represent England in Test cricket. Also, he became the youngest to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut as he finished his spell with the figures of 5/48 in Pakistan’s second innings. Overall, he claimed impressive figures of 7/137 on his Test debut.
Meanwhile, Rehan Ahmed has opted out of the IPL mini-auction to focus on playing County cricket for Leicestershire as he wants to work on his red-ball skills, according to PA news agency.
I’ll encourage him to play as much franchise cricket and get as many experiences – Brendon McCullum on Rehan Ahmed
England red-ball head coach Brendon McCullum, who smashed the first-ever century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the inaugural match of the tournament itself, had backed Rehan Ahmed to bag a deal at the upcoming IPL 2023 mini-auction.
The 41-year-old also said that he would encourage the young leggie to play as much franchise cricket as possible.
“It would be great. It would be awesome if he did. I’ve been involved with the IPL a couple of times so sometimes it works out for guys and sometimes it doesn’t. Why not?,” McCullum told BBC Test Match Special.
“Why not get an opportunity to go and play under different coaches and different captains and rub shoulders with different players and pick up those experiences? What 18-year-old kid anywhere else in world cricket is going to get those chances? I think we should encourage it,” McCullum said.
“The important thing now is that we continue to look after him. I’ll encourage him to play as much franchise cricket and get as many experiences around the globe and play with different players, under different coaches, and in different conditions,” he added.