The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is likely to be something of a swansong for United Arab Emirates all-rounder Khurram Khan. The 43-year old was born in Pakistan but has made the Gulf his home, having now represented the Emiratis in 10 One Day Internationals to date. With a batting average of 53 and bowling average of 31, it is easy to see why the former skipper of the side will be a key player.
Khan will have to make use of every one of his skills Down Under as not much is expected of his team. The UAE are pooled with South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland, and most will say they are comfortably the weakest team in the group. Khan showed his batting ability by hammering Afghanistan for 298 runs in four One Day Internationals in 2014 but also showed he can bat against Test-playing opposition when he clubbed 78 against Bangladesh in 2008.
The UAE vice-captain also has 12 wickets in his 10 ODI outings including four in two against Sri Lanka. He once helped himself to 4/32 against the 1996 World Cup champions but his overall economy rate is quite high at 5.00. Nevertheless, Khan is likely to be a key player if the Middle East side is to pull of a surprise or two in Australia and New Zealand.
Khan’s batting and bowling statistics as at 20 January 2015:
Photo: Khurram Khan
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