Amjad Khan called up by England
Copenhagen born Kent fast bowler Amjad Khan has been called up to the England Test squad for their two match series against India that will start in Chennai on Thursday, subject to a security report.
With Ryan Sidebottom out of the tour, Stuart Broad out for the first Test and Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison thought to not be keen on touring India after the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Khan has been called up to bolster England's bowling attack.
He had previously been called up to the ODI squad for the final two ODIs, which were cancelled in the light of the attacks. He was named in the training (ie. back-up) squad, which is currently stationed in Abu Dhabi whilst they wait for a security report.
Khan played for Denmark between 1998 and 2001. He made his senior debut in the 1998 European Championship in the Netherlands, having played in that years Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. His last tournament for his country was the 2001 ICC Trophy in Ontario.
He was named in the squad for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland, but Kent pulled him out claiming that he was injured. This did not stop them fielding him in a second XI game, two Twenty20 games, a one-day game and a County Championship match whilst the tournament was being played though.
He first caught the attention of Kent at the turn of the century, and began playing for their second XI in 2000. He played two Benson & Hedges cup matches for the first XI early the following season, and made his first-class debut against Pakistan that year, claiming the notable scalp of Saeed Anwar as his maiden first-class wicket, but only once he had scored 201 from 230 balls.
He became a regular for Kent from 2002 onwards and gained British citizenship in December 2006, making him eligible for England selection. He was promptly selected for the Academy squad to tour Bangladesh that winter and was named in England's preliminary World Cup squad, but a knee injury ruled him out of that tour, and cruciate ligament surgery ruled him out of the entire 2007 season.
He began the 2008 season playing in the Kent second XI, and found his way back into the first team in August, playing a County Championship match against Durham on a day when fellow Danes Freddie Klokker and Johan Malcolm were also in County Championship action.
If Khan plays in one of the two Tests, he will become the first player from Denmark to play Test cricket, and the first from continental Europe since German-born Paul Terry played twice for England in 1984.