Sussex Sign Amjad Khan On Three-Year Contract

Sussex Sign Amjad Khan On Three-Year Contract
Sussex Sign Amjad Khan On Three-Year Contract
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Sussex have signed fast bowler Amjad Khan on a three-year contract after the England-capped player was not offered a new deal at Kent.

Khan, 29, has played one Test and one Twenty20 International for England and will join Sussex as they return to the top flight of Championship cricket in 2011 and is hoping the move will help him add to his England caps.

“My nine years with Kent have been fantastic and it was a wrench to leave, but I have come to the point in my career where I need a new start and a fresh challenge," he said.

"Sussex has a great reputation for supporting and developing it’s squad and I am excited about the prospects for the rest of my career as I have no intention of being a one-cap Test cricketer.”

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 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 between the two sides at the same venue, dismissing Sarwan for 59 and Dwayne Bravo for eight.

Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson added: “Amjad has genuine pace and is a potential match-winner in all formats of the game. Having spoken at length with him, one thing that comes across is how hungry he is to re-establish himself as a potential England cricketer, and to make telling contributions to a winning team. His reasons for coming are all those, as a coach, that you want to hear. He will be a good spearhead to complement our other exciting young bowlers.”

The news comes as a boost for Sussex, who are set to experienced quick bowlers Corey Collymore, who is moving to MIddlesex, and James Kirtley, who is retiring, at the end of the season.

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