Nothing else could have been a better farewell for the Batting Maestro, Khurram Khan, who played in the Cricket's mega event, Cricket World Cup 2015, just before retiring from the International Cricket. Khurram was born in Pakistan and had never played hard-ball cricket until he went University. Two of his brothers, Atiq and Zeeshan, were first-class cricketers in Pakistan and when Khurram moved to UAE in 1999 to work for Emirates Airlines as a flight purser he quickly established a reputation in UAE club cricket, playing his first matches for UAE in the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. A stylish character both on and off the field, he was a natural leader and was appointed captain of the UAE side the following year. For Khurram, Cricket has been a roller-coaster ride throughout his journey and he has lived each of his moments. Khurram, you are retired from International Cricket, but your dedication and love for the game is still fresh in our hearts.
Full Name: Khurram Khan
Date of Birth: June 21, 1971
Batting Style: Left Hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Slow Left Arm Orthodox
Country: United Arab Emirates
1. Did your cricketing journey feel like a dream? Which part of it did you enjoy the most?
Playing Cricket World Cup 2015 was obviously highlight of my career, this is something a sportsman always dreamt of.
2. Since you are now retired, how will you be associated with cricket?
I would like to stay with the TEAM if I can in coaching, it is up to the CRICKET board to take a decision.
3. How did you reach this decision of retirement as you were still enjoying?
I actually was enjoying but had to take a decision as I was getting old and after playing world cup i think it was prefect TIME to hang my boots.
4. Any plans to start an academy and groom more Khurram Khan’s?
I am thinking of having my own CRICKET academy BUT have to wait for board decision isf the fit me in coaching team or not.
5. Describe what was going through your mind in your last International match?
Wanted to do well and finish on a high note couldn't, but this is part of the game you can't wish for everything.
6. How was the first morning as a retired cricketer? Has it sunk in yet that you will not be playing for the country?
It is very hard but trying my best to stay away but still want my Team to do well.
7. How special was the Cricket World Cup 2015? One moment that you still cherish in your heart?
The whole CWC 15 experience was amazing hard to pick one special moment, standing their before the match and listening National Anthem was really some experience.
8. What was your family’s reaction to your retirement?
My family respected my decision, playing cricket is time consuming, now it is nicer that I can spend some more time with them.
9. How do you view your influence on youngsters and whose success have you enjoyed the most?
I think I was really respected as an elder brother, they really respected me a lot and I had to reciprocate, AMJAD JAVED was one youngster who was groomed in front of my eyes and a great asset for UAE.
10. You became the oldest player to score an unbeaten ODI century in Dubai last year. Was is it like holding a record & how do you describe this moment?
Obviously very happy, to keep fit at this age not easy, plus scoring first international hundred in special moment for me.
11. What do you feel is the future of U.A.E Cricket?
Future is very bright but we have a long way to go, I think India, PAk, srilanka need to help UAE improve by sending A teams and inviting UAE there.
12. What were the major challenges faced in all these years?
To take UAE to international level and finally managed last year.
13. One thing that you always wanted to change about yourself?
I will do everything all over again, very happy man.
14. A mentor / coach whom you would like to dedicate your success?
I think Aqib Javed since he took over the team there was a huge positive change, lot of success we had in UAE cricket recently I think we owe it to him.
15. Your advice to the youngsters taking up Cricket as a career?
You cannot have a better time to start, T 20 leagues every where in the world, Cricket has go popular massively last 5 years and there is a huge interest so there cannot be a better time to start.