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Five players to look out for in 2023: Sam Curran leads the way

There are so many talented players across the cricketing world and we have picked out five who you should be paying particular attention to in 2023.

With the Indian Premier League, a 50-over World Cup and an Ashes series all taking place next year, there is no shortage of cricket to get stuck into over the course of the next 12 months.

There are going to be some tough decisions when it comes to selecting squads, but the five individuals mentioned below will be hoping they can enjoy a successful year and increase their standing in the game.

Sam Curran (England)

At first glance you might wonder why the household name of Sam Curran is on this list, given he was named Player of the Series as England won the T20 World Cup.

The 24-year-old is one of the best all-rounders in limited-overs cricket right now and it will be interesting to see whether he can go up another level over the next 12 months.

He is sure to be part of England's World Cup 2023 squad - a tournament they are 3/1 To Win Outright - but the Englishman has the Indian Premier League to take part in well before that.

Curran was bought by the Punjab Kings for a record £1.8m in the recent auction for the 2023 edition, a huge fee that commands respect but also puts more pressure on his shoulders to deliver every time he takes to the pitch.

Rehan Ahmed (England)

Away from the limited-overs scene it appears England have unearthed a Test cricket gem in the shape of Rehan Ahmed, who impressed during his recent debut in the longest format of the game.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner made his international debut in the third Test against Pakistan last month, becoming his country's youngest Test debutant, and he took 2-89 in the first innings before snaffling 5-48 in the second innings.

He also became the youngest debutant to take five wickets in an innings in Tests and although England decided to leave him out of the New Zealand Tour in February, the future looks really bright for the Nottinghamshire-born star.

With a home Ashes series this summer, Ahmed could play a part as England look to win back the little urn from Australia.

Ben Stokes and co are 11/8 To Win Outright, while the draw is 11/2 and the Aussies are priced at 1/1.

Umran Malik (India)

India will be looking to get back to their best next year after a disappointing 2022 and one player who could be at the forefront of that is Umran Malik, who made his ODI and T20 international debuts this year.

The fast bowler has played five one-day matches and he has shown promising signs, recording figures of 2-66, 1-31, 2-58 and 2-43 from his four spells with the ball.

At 23 years of age, there is still plenty of room for development and it is claimed India are looking at him for a potential place in their squad for World Cup 2023 - a tournament they are 12/5 to win on home soil.

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Sarfaraz Khan (India)

Another Indian player hoping to make his mark on the international stage in 2023 is batter Sarfaraz Khan, who is yet to be handed his debut for his country in any format.

It seems strange he continues to be overlooked by the selectors, especially when it comes to Test cricket, as the 25-year-old boasts a first-class average of 78.97 from 33 matches and has a high score of 301 not out.

Only the great Don Bradman has a better first-class average than Khan - the Australian's 95.14 from 234 matches a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten - so that is some great company to be in.

If Sarfaraz continues to plunder the runs as he has been, it surely can't be long until he is handed his Test debut for India and proves to the world what he can do on the biggest stage.

Joshua Little (Ireland)

Ireland have a real talent on their hands in the shape of left-arm seamer Joshua Little, who produced some eye-catching performances at the T20 World Cup.

The 23-year-old took four wickets in qualifying before then taking seven scalps in the Super 12s, including his first hat-trick in T20Is as the Irish went out at that stage of the competition.

Little was also part of the victorious Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, finishing the tournament with 10 wickets of which two came in the final.

The Dublin-born ace has picked up 39 wickets from 29 T20 matches in 2022 - only Tanzania's Yalinde Maurice Nkanya has taken more (45) - and there is huge hope he can progress even more over the next 12 months.

Little will also be making his IPL debut in 2023 after being bought by the Gujarat Titans, who are 5/1 To Win Outright.

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