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Test-capped fast bowler Amjad Khan is to leave Kent at the end of the season, ending a nine-season association with the club.
Khan, who has missed most of the 2010 season due to injury, played for Denmark, the country of his birth in 1999 and 2000 before making his debut for Kent in 2001.
He was called up to England's extended squad to tour India in late 2008 before making his Test debut in Trinidad in the fifth Test against the West Indies in March 2009, taking the wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan for 14.
He then played in the Twenty20 International between the two sides at the same venue, dismissing Sarwan for 59 and Dwayne Bravo for eight.
Jamie Clifford, Kent's Chief Executive Officer, told the club's website (www.kentccc.com): “Amjad has been with the club for nine seasons and we are very sorry to see him leave. These are financially difficult times for the club and sadly we are not currently in a position to make Amjad a meaningful offer. This has been a very hard decision; however we believe that it is the right one given the financial context. I am sure the club’s members and supporters will join me in thanking Amjad for all his efforts and wish him the very best as he moves on.”
Khan added: “I am sorry to be leaving having been with the club since 2002. Ideally I would have liked to have continued my career with Kent but it is not to be. I sympathise with Kent’s off-field financial pressures and know that that the key people wanted me to stay. I look forward to new challenges with renewed vigour and believe I have what it takes to put myself back in the England frame.”
He joins fellow fast bowler Phil Edwards in leaving Kent and England player Ryan Sidebottom in looking for a new club after the left-armer could not agree on a new contract with Nottinghamshire.
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