Australian cricket fans got their first glimpse into the 15-year-old Noor Ahmad phenomenon on Saturday, but the best is yet to come.
Australian cricket fans got their first glimpse into the 15-year-old Noor Ahmad phenomenon during Saturday afternoon’s game between the Melbourne Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.
But Renegades wicketkeeper Sam Harper has predicted the Afghan teen could become a dangerous weapon if he plays under lights in the Big Bash League.
Ahmad claimed 1/27 during a formidable four-over spell in Hobart and removed Hurricanes skipper Peter Handscomb for his first BBL scalp.
But it wasn’t enough to prevent a Renegades loss as the hosts had the 158-run goal with 14 balls.
At 15 years and 351 days, Ahmad is probably the youngest cricketer to be represented in the T20 tournament. The youngest was Afghanistani Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who made his debut for the Brisbane Heat at 17 years and 266 days.
When Ahmad was born in 2005, breakaway teammates Shaun Marsh had already been in his career for five years.
Harper spoke to reporters after the defeat and compared the young spin bowler to Adelaide Striker’s superstar Rashid Khan, who is known for performing at his best at night games.
« I had half an hour yesterday to get (Ahmad) to pick him up, » said Harper.
« I think it will be interesting when we start playing at night and get under the lights. Talking to people about Rashid made it easier for them to find him during the day. Hopefully that’s the case for us (with Ahmad). .
« I felt like I could pick him pretty well today, but I could see the seam. This is where the challenge comes in of staying at night and then punching him at night. « .
« Every time you get your hands on a mysterious weirdo who spins the ball both ways, I’ll take this. It doesn’t matter how much English he has. ”
After his 89 match winner wasn’t knocked out, Hurricanes batsman Ben McDermott said, “(Ahmad) looked a little easier to get the footage from behind, but it was actually a little harder out there than I thought. ”
Ahmad may have been deprived of a second wicket after trapping South African international Colin Ingram on the pads in game eight.
Unfortunately, on the field of play, the umpire decided not to lift his finger, and Hawkeye replays indicated the ball might have crashed into a stump of a leg.
Ahmad has played 16 T20 games since his professional debut in October 2019, winning 20 wickets with 21. 70.
For their next game, the Renegades will face the Sydney Thunder at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Boxing Day.
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