England is currently touring India for a 5-match Test series. The 1st Test is being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Young leg-spinner Reehan Ahmed has bowled well on his first tour in India. His father Naeem has shared his emotions about watching both his sons representing England in two different places. The proud father revealed that he is enjoying the moment. His younger son Farhan Ahmed is currently the part of the U-19 World Cup team.
Reehan became England’s youngest-ever men’s Test cricketer when he featured in the Test match in Karachi. He had a brilliant Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi, claiming seven scalps as England won the Test match by eight wickets. The 19-year-old became the youngest debutant to pick up a five-wicket haul in men’s Tests.
He has participated in six ODIs and seven T20Is, picking 10 and nine wickets respectively. Rehan has only played 13 first-class matches so far in which he has taken 24 wickets beside his name.
I’m really happy and enjoying the moment: Naeem Ahmed
The father added, "I’m really happy and enjoying the moment. He’s [Farhan] quite young as well and he’s playing international cricket here in the U-19 World Cup. It’s amazing. Right now, I am watching my son here [in South Africa] and watching on the phone for the other son and really enjoying it."
"My whole life, all my hard work and everything I can see that you know and the moment when he [Rehan] played in Karachi was amazing and he took five wickets. If you want to play cricket and if you want to play at this level, you’ve got to be a hard worker. And, if you work hard and if you achieve any goal, in cricket as well… I really want to see them in the national team [sic]."
Farhan, is yet to turn 16 in February, has picked up five wickets in three matches in the 2024 U-19 World Cup in South Africa. He claimed 3/22 against Scotland and 2/33 versus West Indies.