Amjad Khan (cricketer, born 1980)
Amjad Khan (born 14 October 1980) is a former England Test cricketer. Born and raised in Denmark, of Pakistani descent, he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. To date, he is the only person born in Denmark to play Test cricket.
|Full name||Amjad Khan|
|Born||14 October 1980|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Only Test (cap 642)||6 March 2009 v West Indies|
|Only T20I (cap 42)||15 March 2009 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricInfo, 21 March 2014
Khan, at the age of 17, is the youngest person ever to play for Denmark, the country of his birth. 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 is 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.
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.
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- "England call up Mahmood and Khan". Cricinfo. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
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- "Amjad Khan released by Sussex". ESPNcricinfo. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- "Denmark motivated to win for absent captain Pedersen". ESPN Cricinfo. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
- "Amjad Khan earns call-up". Cricinfo. 7 December 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (10 March 2009). "Panesar and Amjad fined for excessive appealing". Cricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
- Andrew McGlashan (9 March 2009). "Sidebottom out of one-day series". Cricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2009.