July 16, 2024
Rehan Ahmed’s brother Farhan prepared for U19 World Cup, dreaming of taking part in 
with brothers for full England staff

Not because the Graces again in 1880 have three brothers performed collectively in the identical England cricket staff – however that’s the aim for Ahmed siblings Rehan, Raheem and Farhan.

Center brother Rehan, 19, already has 14 England caps throughout the codecs, a tally the leg-spinning all-rounder ought to add to over the approaching weeks throughout the five-Check tour of India.

Oldest brother Raheem, 20 – considered by the household as essentially the most proficient of the offspring – is a left-arm seamer who has turned out usually for Nottinghamshire’s second string.

And youngest brother Farhan, the infant of the group at simply 15 and likewise contracted to Nottinghamshire, is hopeful of showcasing his off-spinning expertise this month and subsequent as a part of the England U19 World Cup squad in South Africa.

Rehan Ahmed took career-best figures of 4-54 for England in the second ODI against Ireland at Trent Bridge
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Rehan Ahmed has performed for the complete England facet in all three codecs since impressing on the 2022 U19 World Cup

The Ahmed boys have performed in the identical facet on the membership scene for Cavaliers and Carrington CC, even sharing all 10 wickets in a single sport, and the dream is to duplicate that on the highest degree.

In the event that they do, their father is perhaps the particular person to thank.

“It began with our dad. He mentioned if we have been all going to play in the identical staff in the future then all of us needed to be completely different,” Farhan instructed Sky Sports activities when requested why he had chosen to take up off-spin.

“If that staff ended up being England it could actually high it off.


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“I all the time thought Rehan would get success shortly due to how he trains. It was solely a matter of time. Raheem might be essentially the most proficient out of all of us. Like Rehan, he has nice work ethic.”

‘Rehan is a job mannequin for me’

Rehan performed on the 2022 U19 World Cup, taking 12 wickets as England made the ultimate earlier than dropping to India within the Caribbean.

He has since turn into the senior staff’s youngest participant in all three kinds, making his Check, one-day worldwide and T20 worldwide debuts on the age of 18 and marking his bow within the longest format with a five-wicket haul in opposition to Pakistan in December 2022.

England Underneath-19 World Cup squad

Ben McKinney (Durham – captain), Luc Benkenstein (Essex – vice captain), Farhan Ahmed (Nottinghamshire), Tazeem Ali (Warwickshire), Charlie Allison (Essex), Charlie Barnard (Lancashire), Jack Carney (Lancashire), Jaydn Denly (Kent), Eddie Jack (Hampshire), Dominic Kelly (Hampshire), Sebastian Morgan (Middlesex), Haydon Mustard (Durham), Hamza Shaikh (Warwickshire), Noah Thain (Essex), Theo Wylie (Warwickshire)

So, what recommendation has Rehan given little brother Farhan forward of this yr’s U19 World Cup?

“He mentioned hold it easy, take pleasure in it, and develop as a lot as you may out right here,” mentioned Farhan, forward of England’s opening sport in opposition to Scotland on Saturday (8am first ball on Sky Sports activities Combine).

“It might be good to get 13 wickets [just so I can beat Rehan’s tally from a couple of years ago] so we’ll see the way it goes.

Rehan Ahmed, England, T20 cricket (Associated Press)
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Farhan views Rehan (pictured) as a job mannequin and isn’t stunned at his brother’s rise to stardom

“Rehan is a job mannequin for me, somebody who’s already up there, somebody I’ve an opportunity to observe and be like. I reckon I’m just like him – however I attempt to hold a bit calmer!”

Requested how he approaches bowling off-spin, Farhan mentioned: “My mindset is, ‘how can I take wickets?’ ‘How can I get within the batsman’s head and make him play completely different photographs?’

“I’ve a few variations. I’ve been engaged on the carrom ball [a delivery bowled using the thumb and middle finger]. I’ve received the side-spinner, the under-cutter, the off-spinner, the arm ball.”

‘Hopefully I can get some ideas off Lyon’

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon, who not too long ago handed 500 Check wickets, is considered one of Farhan’s idols and a person he hopes to satisfy on the county circuit this season with Lyon having joined Lancashire as an abroad participant for the entire of 2024.

Australia's Nathan Lyon gestures as he leaves the field at the end of play on the fourth day of the first cricket test between Australia and Pakistan in Perth after taking his 500th test wicket (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
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Farhan hopes his bowling motion can replicate that of Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon

“Lyon is somebody I’ve tried to base my motion on as a result of he’s so profitable and one other function mannequin to me. I actually need it to be just like his,” added {the teenager}.

“When Lancashire come to Trent Bridge [in the County Championship] hopefully I could be there, we are able to chat and I get some ideas off him.

“I’m not actually certain how far off the primary staff I’m at Notts. I skilled with them a few instances final yr and this yr I’ve my GCSEs so after that hopefully I get my probability.”

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Watch the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup dwell on Sky Sports activities between now and the ultimate on February 11

As Farhan mentions his impending exams – he plans to review throughout the U19 World Cup in order to not get behind on his training – it’s a reminder of simply how younger he’s.

And with Raheem essentially the most senior of the Ahmed boys at solely 20, there may be loads of time for them to observe within the footsteps W.G, E.M. and Fred Grace some 144 years in the past.

Watch chosen matches from the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup dwell on Sky Sports activities. England’s opening sport in opposition to Scotland is dwell from 7.45am on Saturday on Sky Sports activities Combine (8am first ball).

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