April 12, 2024

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England’s Rehan Ahmed Departs India Tour Due to Family Emergency

Rehan Ahmed, the leg-spinner from England, is departing from the ongoing India tour due to a pressing family issue and will not rejoin the squad. The 19-year-old did not feature in the fourth Test match in Ranchi, which commenced on Friday.

Ahmed’s absence from the playing XI for the fourth Test was unrelated to his departure from the tour; the urgency to return home arose after the team selection was finalized. He will depart India later on Friday, and England has decided not to designate a replacement for him.

With Ahmed’s exit, England’s touring party now comprises 14 players for the final two Test matches. Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley, the two remaining frontline spinners, are included in the squad for the ongoing fourth Test.

Ahmed earned the distinction of being the youngest cricketer to represent England in Test cricket when he debuted at the age of 18 against Pakistan in Karachi in December 2022. Throughout this tour, the Leicestershire player participated in all three Tests, securing a total of 11 wickets.

England’s selection strategy may shift for the fifth Test in Dharamsala, where seam bowling conditions are anticipated to be more favorable. While the team opted for three frontline spinners in two of the initial three Tests, such a selection would be improbable for the upcoming match.

Prior to Ahmed’s departure, England encountered other setbacks, including batter Harry Brook’s withdrawal from the series due to personal reasons and senior spinner Jack Leach’s return home following a knee injury sustained during the first Test.

Ahmed’s departure underscores the challenges and uncertainties inherent in international cricket tours, where players navigate personal emergencies alongside the rigours of competitive play. England’s squad will adapt to his absence as they continue their campaign in India.