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Young cricketers with the most potential

1 November, 2020

With Test match cricket back on our TV screens, naturally, the discussion turns towards the players of the future. Who will be the next James Anderson or Ricky Ponting? Who is the next cricket superstar we should all look out for?

Aaron Jaffe gets his first writing cap for the Sporting Blog by tackling these questions by suggesting 10 players you should keep an eye on.

There will be some cricketers on this list that you have heard of, and some that will be household names very soon.

These are six young cricketers with the potential to become superstars.

Sam Curran - England

At 22 years old, Sam has already positioned himself as a strong contender for T20 and Test match squads for England. Having made his test debut as the 686th player to represent England against Pakistan in June 2018, Sam immediately made a name for himself after taking four wickets and scoring a half-century. He followed that up by picking up his first Man of the Match award against India.

With the ability to play as an all-rounder, Curran has already played over 50 first-class matches for Surrey, scoring over 2,000 runs and taking more than 60 wickets. He has also appeared in high-profile competitions such as the Vitality Blast & the IPL and is set to play in the Hundred for the Oval Invincibles. Whether it is his determination when batting in the middle order or taking wickets worldwide, he is surely a star ready to shine in the England national side.

Naseem Shah - Pakistan

The 17-year-old fast bowler already has four professional Pakistan test appearances and 13 wickets, having made his debut in 2019 aged only 16. Naseem is one of Pakistan’s leading prospects and has bowled regularly for local side Quetta Gladiators. He announced his arrival on the global cricket stage by taking his first international test wicket against one of Australia’s most elite and accomplished batsman, David Warner in late 2019. He is, without doubt, a major reason why the cricket loving fans of Pakistan are excited about the future.

Mujeeb Al Rahman - Afghanistan

When Middlesex needed a new star bowler for the 2019 Vitality Blast, they approached then 18-year-old Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Having taken over 150 wickets in both ODI and T20 formats he had already proved his suitability for English cricket when he was signed by Hampshire in 2018. Not only is he one of the leading bowlers for his country, Afghanistan, but he has also made appearances in Australia’s Big Bash and the IPL for Brisbane & Kings Punjab.

Josh Philippe - Australia

Although Josh has not made his debut for Australia competitively, he has made outstanding numbers in List A, First Class & T20 domestically, with a combined total of 2232 runs. Josh also started in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore where he stood out for his wicketkeeper-batsman role. At 23, with Australia’s batsman-wicket keeper and captain Tim Paine coming towards the end of his career, it is surely not too long before Josh enters the international scene.

Rachin Ravindra - New Zealand

Scouts at the U19 Cricket World Cup were surprised to see New Zealand giving a young all-rounder a chance to impress throughout the tournament. Rachin Ravindra had already posted great numbers in all formats of the game and was offered a full contract by Wellington for the 2020-21 season. It’s not too long before the New Zealand senior team, who were finalists at the 2019 World Cup, will look for another all-rounder and Rachin should be a solid option. Not only does he perform at the crease, but can also take wickets, which is a much-vaunted quality in the modern game.

Zak Crawley - England

Zak has represented his local county, Kent since the age of 13 and is now a top batsman in their first class and T20 side. He has scored over 2,000 runs in only 40 matches for Kent and has made 6 full England test appearances. Standing at 6”5, Zak is a very skilful player with the expertise & vision to spot where to place all his shots. At only 22, Zak is set for a very bright future ahead with the Three Lions.