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September 14, 2010
Sussex have signed the Danish-born paceman Amjad Khan from Kent on a three-year contract.
Khan, 29, had been with Kent since his arrival on the county scene in 2002 but was unable to agree terms with the county for a new deal. He instead joins newly-promoted Sussex as their senior fast bowler, the day after Corey Collymore announced he was leaving Sussex for Middlesex.
Khan was granted British citizenship in 2006 and attracted interest from the England selectors three years later, overcoming a career-threatening knee injury to make his Test debut against West Indies at Port of Spain in March 2009.
Though he hasn't played for England since, his reputation for pace and reverse-swing makes him an exciting prospect for Sussex coach Mark Robinson.
"Amjad has genuine pace and is a potential match-winner in all formats of the game," he said. "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."
Khan has missed most of this season with injury and was sad to leave the county that had founded his career but he said he's looking forward to a new challenge. "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.
"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."
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