Khan ca­reer has come full cir­cle

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Am­jad Khan ad­mits his ca­reer has come full cir­cle fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as as­sis­tant coach of Den­mark’s na­tional team, writes AN­DREW GI­D­LEY. The 33-year-old for­mer Kent, Sus­sex and Eng­land fast bowler started his new job ear­lier this year, com­bin­ing it with play­ing for Kent League Lordswood and study­ing law part-time. He said: “It keeps me busy, there’s always life af­ter a pro­fes­sional ca­reer and my tran­si­tion has been quite nice. “I am still play­ing and heav­ily in­volved in the game but also mak­ing a ca­reer for my­self out­side the game.” Am­jad (pic­tured) helped Den­mark win the third place play-off in the ICC World Cricket League Di­vi­sion Four, beat­ing Italy by 35 runs in Sin­ga­pore in June. He said: “I am im­pressed with the level of tal­ent. I wish more of them could come and play in Eng­land and get ex­posed to the game here. “Con­sid­er­ing that and how lit­tle they play, there are ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ents there and it’s ex­cit­ing. They play on mat­ted wick­ets, not grass but that isn’t the big­gest ob­sta­cle. “It’s more the fa­cil­i­ties and how peo­ple think about the game, which needs chang­ing. “Me go­ing back has been a bit of a cul­ture shock for them, ex­plain­ing how the game should be played af­ter the ex­pe­ri­ences I have had. “They are all tak­ing it on board, the young guys are im­prov­ing quickly, which is pleas­ing and sat­is­fy­ing. I just want to give a lit­tle back, share the knowl­edge I have.” The Copen­hagen-born seamer, who still has a home in Can­ter­bury, re­vealed he had a cou­ple of of­fers from other coun­ties fol­low­ing his re­lease by Sus­sex at the end of last sea­son. He added: “It’s ironic I fin­ished at Hove be­cause that is where it could have all started for me. I was only 17, play­ing for Den­mark and bowl­ing quite quickly, some­body heard about me and con­tacted Peter Moores. I trained with Sus­sex, then John Wright (Kent coach) got on board and it was choice between the two. I chose Kent and stayed there 10 years.”

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man

Doug Bollinger with Kent team-mate Dar­ren Stevens

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