A 13-year-old billed as one of the brightest prospects in English cricket has left Nottinghamshire.
It is understood Rehan Ahmed has quit the club’s Academy to join Leicestershire’s set-up.
The leg spinner turned heads after being asked to bowl to England and West Indies internationals at Lord’s this summer.
Last year he bowled Ben Stokes in the nets when he was also invited to the home of cricket.
“He is an exceptional, precocious talent,” Steve Kirby, the head coach of MCC recently said. “And one we should nurture and not over-coach.
“Nottinghamshire are doing a great job with him. We just want to allow him to play and flourish.”
However, Rehan’s parents are believed to have decided his future lies elsewhere, as well as that of brother Raheem, an all-rounder who was chosen for this summer’s Bunbury festival. Notts are understood to be baffled by the family’s decision.
Players have regularly left Leicestershire for Notts with Stuart Broad, James Taylor, Harry Gurney and Greg Smith all heading up the A46 in the last 10 years.
However, moves the other way have been rare, regardless of the player’s age.