It’s a story of resilience and dedication, as Rob Key, the England cricket coach, has played a crucial role in fast-tracking Rehan Ahmed's journey as
It’s a story of resilience and dedication, as Rob Key, the England cricket coach, has played a crucial role in fast-tracking Rehan Ahmed’s journey as a Test cricketer. During the last 12 months, Ahmed, who is an 18-year-old from Yorkshire, has proved his worth with some impressive performances on the domestic and England Lions stage.
Rob Key, the coach of the England Lions in the shortest format, has been commended for his role in helping the young cricketer to settle into the professional cricket scene. Having witnessed his talent and commitment on the field, Key worked in the background to ensure Ahmed had all the resources needed to make his debut in the international arena.
Key didn’t just give his time and energy to teaching Ahmed the finer details of cricket, but he also acted as a mentor to him. He advised him on how to handle the pressure of playing in front of big crowds and how to cope with the media. Key also reached out to Ahmed’s school and provided additional assistance to improve his marks in certain subjects so that it would not hamper his cricket career.
Given his struggles with injuries in the past year, Key’s relentless support helped Rehan Ahmed realise his dreams of playing for the national side. Ahmed’s debut performance against Sri Lanka was a testament to the hard work he had put in, with the youngster hitting the winning runs in the fifth and deciding game.
Rob Key’s vision and confidence in the young player was clear from the beginning and he will no doubt be on the sidelines to congratulate Ahmed when the next big match comes around. His journey as an international cricketer is only just beginning, but the young player has Rob Key to thank for helping him make an impressive start.
Rob Key: Rehan Ahmed Test Fast-Tracking Was the Plan All Along
Rob Key, England’s former Test captain and batting batting coach, has defended the selection of Rehan Ahmed for the Test series against India, saying the fast-tracking of the player’s selection was part of the plan all along.
Key was questioned in the media over the selection of Ahmed, who had limited first-class cricket experience before he replaced experienced all-rounder Moeen Ali for the second Test match against India.
Rehan Ahmed’s Selection Was Planned All Along
Key, who was part of the England selection committee at the time of Ahmed’s selection, has said that the player’s selection was part of a carefully thought-out strategy.
“We had identified Rehan Ahmed as someone with a huge amount of potential and we wanted to give him every chance to show what he could do,” said Key. “The decision to fast-track him into the Test squad was part of the plan all along, and it has paid off.
Ahmed Proved He Was Ready For Test Match
Ahmed performed creditably in the Test series and demonstrated he was ready to make the step up from first-class to international cricket. His highest score of 56 in the second Test drew praise from both sides of the border.
“Rehan has acquitted himself very well in this series, and this was part of the plan all along,” said Key. “We knew that if he got the chance he could show the world just how talented a player he is, and he has certainly done that.”
A Bright Future Ahead
Key said that he was excited to see what the future holds for Ahmed, and believes he is one of the most exciting prospects in English cricket.
“Rehan has demonstrated that he has the potential to become one of our best batsmen in the future,” said Key. “He has earned the right to be considered a genuine international-level cricketer, and I’m sure he’ll continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.”