Emirates Cricket Board has today announced that Khurram Khan has retired from international cricket. Khan steps away from the international game immediately following UAE’s first round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Ireland in Malahide.
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Khurram’s illustrious career with UAE Cricket started in 2001 at the ICC Trophy (2003 Cricket World Cup qualification) tournament. Khan made his List A debut in 2004 against Canada, in Dubai, on February 29th, with his ODI debut made against India, at Dambulla, on July 16th of the same year.
A central figure for the UAE, Khan has played in 16 One Day Internationals and scored 582 runs at an average of 41.57. In November 2014, aged 43 years and 162 days, Khurram Khan became the oldest player to score an ODI hundred with his 132* (not out) against Afghanistan.
Speaking on Khan’s retirement, UAE National Coach Aqib Javed said; “I’d personally like to thank Khurram for the enormous contribution he’s made to UAE Cricket during and before my time with the team. He’s a highly skilful player, who’s experienced enormous success with the UAE and been a stand-out player in Associate cricket, he’s also an incredible competitor so I’m sure he’ll be determined to sign off with another good performance against Ireland.
David East, CEO of the Emirates Cricket Board added; “Khuram has been a fantastic servant to the UAE national team and will be missed both on and off the field. We wish him well in his retirement from the international game.”
The ECB hope to keep Khan involved in the local game and will be exploring options to ensure his expertise, to assist the development of the next crop of UAE Cricket stars, will be utilised.
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