Former UAE captain Khurram Khan looking forward to coaching role at ICC Academy

Sport360 staff 18:24 12/06/2017
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Former UAE captain Khurram Khan cannot wait to share his batting expertise after joining ICC Academy as a part-time coach, saying it’s the perfect platform to get his “coaching career going”.

The ex-batsman will find himself in familiar surroundings this summer in a place where he trained regularly during his 14-year international career by passing on his knowledge to budding cricketers as a specialist one-on-one batting coach.

The 45-year-old legend brings plenty of experience, having been a batting mainstay for the national team, scoring more than 5,700 runs in all formats before calling it quits in June 2015.

While he will continue in his full-time job as a senior flight purser for Emirates airlines, Khurram, who is also a national selector for the Emirates Cricket Board, insists it was an opportunity he could not turn down.

“Since I retired I’ve been feeling bored and I wanted to come back,” he said.

“I’ve been doing some coaching courses, I’ve done my Level One and I wanted to do my Level Two in order get back involved with UAE cricket. I want to get my coaching career going and this is something that I always wanted to do. My job got in the way since I work for Emirates and there’s a roster where some days you fly and some days you can’t.

“Given it’s a part-time role where I can work one-on-one, it’s something that is convenient in my schedule and it’s a really good platform.”

“I always said to the ECB I wanted to do something and I’m a selector now so I’m involved in the process. I thought it was time and I should formally come in on the coaching front.

“Cricket has always been in my blood for a long time and in coaching you have to start somewhere and am very happy to have joined the ICC Academy. I think it’s time to give back. I want to get started and roll in some of my own ideas.”

Khurram joins a strong team of coaches at the Academy, which boasts impressive state-of-the-art facilties, something which he believes will make his job easier.

“In terms of coaching, it’s one of the best facilities that any cricketer or coach would want to have,” he said. “It’s certainly better than other countries. When I was a player, it was fantastic to learn and play here and it’s great to be back.”

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