May 7, 2012

Indian Premier League

Where is Kamran Khan today?

Akhila Ranganna

In 2009, Kamran Khan was Rajasthan Royals’ mystery pick and hailed by captain Shane Warne as as the “next big thing”. Today Khan, who was reported for suspect action during the 2009 season, finds himself harvesting his wheat crop, after his team, Pune Warriors, didn't need his services for the ongoing season of the IPL. Devendra Pandey in the Indian Express tracks Khan's journey.

While the Royals retained him the next year [2010], he was picked by the Pune Warriors in their maiden season in 2011. He played only one match then, and none in 2012.

“That’s when the taunts began,” says Kamran. From being invited as chief guest to every event in his village, the cricketer has now become an easy target. “It’s almost like they were waiting for me to fall,” he says. “Not many people here understand cricket. They now tell me how useless I am, and how my career is over because I chuck.”

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