Khan steps in for Sidebottom

Leg spinner Rashid will also travel to the sub-continent

Last Updated: 07/12/08 12:02pm

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Khan: In for Sidebottom

Khan: In for Sidebottom

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England have called up Amjad Khan to replace the injured Ryan Sidebottom in their squad for the scheduled two-Test tour of India.

Amjad Khan factfile: 1980: Born Copenhagen, October 14 1996: Following promising performances for Kjobenhavns Boldklub, is chosen for the Denmark U19s trip to Canada. 1998: At the age of 17, becomes his native country's youngest ever player. 2001: Makes his first-class debut for Kent. 2002: Takes 63 wickets in his first full season at Kent, including a career-best six for 52 against Yorkshire at Canterbury. 2006: Receives British citizenship, making him eligible for England, and is called up by the Academy. 2007: Suffers a serious knee injury which requires surgery and keeps him out for the entire season. 2008: Returns to play six first-class matches and take 21 wickets for Kent, enough to earn a call-up to the England Performance Squad in India. December 7 - Named as the replacement for the injured Ryan Sidebottom in the England Test squad.

"It's a dream come true - although I never actually thought of playing for England growing up."
Amjad Khan Quotes of the week

The Kent fast bowler will join Kevin Pietersen's squad if they decide to fly back to India following November's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid will also travel but is not expected to feature in the playing XI at any stage.

Nottinghamshire left-armer Sidebottom is not among those currently at a training camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of the first Test in Chennai, which is due to start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old suffered a side strain during the aborted one-day series and has failed to recover in time to play any part in the Tests.

Copenhagen-born Khan, 28, was awarded British citizenship in 2006 - following a breakthrough season for Kent a year earlier.

Drafted in

But after being elevated to the England Academy squad, he subsequently suffered a serious knee injury which required surgery and kept him out for the entire 2007 season.

"It's a dream come true," said Khan. "Although I never actually thought of playing for England growing up."

Khan edged out Sajid Mahmood in the selection equation - the pair were drafted in as one-day cover hours before the tour of India was aborted.

"I must have done something right in the last couple of days," said Khan.

"Saj and I got picked for the one-dayers and I thought if they were going to pick me then there was no reason they should not pick me for the Tests.

"I thought I had a chance but I knew it would come down to form on the day - that sort of stuff.

"I first believed I could play for England probably in 2002 when I took 60 wickets in a season and I was only 21. People talked about what it took to play international cricket and I felt that I had most of the attributes."

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