Amjad Khan (cricketer, born 1980)
|Full name||Amjad Khan|
|Born||14 October 1980|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Only Test (cap 642)||6 March 2009 |
England v West Indies
|T20I debut (cap 42/23)||15 March 2009 |
England v West Indies
|Last T20I||20 October 2021 |
Denmark v Germany
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricInfo, 20 October 2021
Amjad Khan (born 14 October 1980) is a Danish cricketer who has played for both Denmark and England in international cricket. He played a single Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) for England in 2009, amidst a long career in county cricket for Kent and Sussex. He is the only Danish-born person to play Test cricket.
Khan was born in Frederiksberg, a suburb of Copenhagen. He is the son of Pakistani parents Aslam and Raisa, who immigrated to Denmark in the 1970s. He took up cricket at the age of six and played his early cricket for Kjøbenhavns Boldklub. Khan was educated at the Falkonergårdens Gymnasium. As a teenager, he was regarded as one of the quickest bowlers in Denmark.
English county cricket
Khan was brought to the attention of Kent County Cricket Club by Ole Mortensen, a friend and former teammate of Kent coach John Wright. In his first full season at Kent County Cricket Club, in 2002, he claimed 63 wickets. He failed to regain his form for the next two seasons, taking a combined total of 31 wickets.
In the seasons that followed, Khan performed better, taking 55 wickets in 2005 before recording 34 the season after, despite missing almost half of it through injury. In December 2006, Khan was awarded British citizenship, which made him eligible to be selected for England. It only took one month for the English selectors to recognise him, when they named him as part of a 14-man England 'A' squad to tour Bangladesh. Subsequently, he was named in the 30-man World Cup squad, although he was not selected in the final squad when it was halved to 15.
At the end of February 2007, it was revealed that Khan had been ruled out for the entire 2007 season, after having surgery on his cruciate ligaments. However, following the 2008 season, Khan was named as one of the members of the "Development squad" of fringe players, to be sent to India as back-ups to the main England squad, because he had "impressed with his pace and swing".
He gave away 16 runs in his first and only over during the Twenty20 Cup Semi-final, where Marcus Trescothick smashed four successive boundaries. Khan joined Sussex for the 2011 season replacing Corey Collymore
On 20 March 2014, Sussex announced they had released Khan after his 2013 season was disrupted by injury.
Early years with Denmark
Khan played for the Denmark under-19s at the 1998 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. He made his senior debut for Denmark at the age of 17, against Ireland at the 1998 European Cricket Championship. He was the youngest national team player in Danish history. In his next game, against Scotland, he took 3/34.
In November 2008, Khan was called up (along with Sajid Mahmood) to act as cover for Stuart Broad and Andrew Flintoff during the One Day International series in India. He never actually joined up with the one-day squad due to the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which forced the cancellation of the rest of the series. However, he was subsequently called up to the Test squad in place of the injured Ryan Sidebottom for the two-match series that followed.
Khan played in his only Test in the 5th Test against the West Indies on 6 March 2009. His first over consisted of 9 balls, which included 3 no-balls, costing 7 runs. Khan took his only test wicket early on the third day of the 5th Test, trapping in-form batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan LBW. He was reprimanded by the match referee for excessive appealing. When it was announced that fast-bowler Ryan Sidebottom would be unable to play in the ODIs or T20s following the Test series because of a recurring injury, Khan was named as his replacement.
Return to Denmark
In October 2021, he was named in Denmark's T20I squad for the Regional Final of the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier tournament. He made his T20I debut on 15 October 2021, for Denmark against Italy.
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