Bangalore, May 7: In a matter of three years, fast bowler Kamran Khan's cricketing dreams have been shattered. From Rajasthan Royals player in IPL 2009, the youngster has been now forced to give up the game and turn into a farmer. You would wonder how this happened? Read on.
Hailed as the “next big thing” by the then Rajasthan captain Shane Warne, Kamran shot to fame, possessing good pace. But from an IPL cricketer, the left-arm fast bowler has been shunned by his present franchise Pune Warriors and is now working in his brother's farm in Nadwa Sarai village in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
A surprised Warne wrote on twitter after knowing about Kamran's plight.
“Found it bizarre that Kamran is working on a farm and not playing IPL. To me a waste of talent, hope your ok buddy,” tweeted Warne (@warne888) on Monday afternoon.
"The Essence of the IPL was about helping young Indian talent & mixing them with all the International players & breaking down barriers...." he added in another tweet.
He continued: "Along with international players mixing together.. All that equals a quality, fun product for the fans.. Sport is meant to be fun not a job."
"If everyone ( BCCI & others ) are making money in the IPL then so should the players, I think a few of you are missing the point I am making." he concluded.
The man who was to hurl cricket balls at blistering pace on a cricket field, is now left to collect his wheat crop on a different field. But his passion for the game remains.
The 21-year-old works in his fields, wearing Pune jersey. The Sahara-owned team gave him Rs 10 lakhs and sent him home this season as they did not want him for IPL 5.
Pune signed had him in 2011 and got a chance in only one game.
Kamran's life took a drastic turn after he was reported for chucking during an IPL game in 2009. This, he says, was enough for the people in his village to target him.
“That’s when the taunts began. It’s almost like they were waiting for me to fall. Not many people here understand cricket. They now tell me how useless I am, and how my career is over because I chuck,” Kamran told The Indian Express daily.
“At first, the taunts hurt. Now, I’ve learned to ignore them. Instead, I spend my days training for a comeback in the mornings and evenings. During the day, I work on my brother’s farm, keeping to myself, away from the rest of the villagers,” added Kamran, who was picked by Rajasthan for $24,000 for IPL 2 which was held in South Africa.
“Earlier, I used to work on the farm only. But I had to stop a few years ago as I was busy with cricket,” he added.
For the record, Kamran played 5 IPL games for Rajasthan in IPL 2 and took six wickets.
Rajasthan's director of coaching, Darren Berry was impressed with Kamran during a Twenty20 tournament in Mumbai and decided to bring him to IPL in 2009.
We hope the youngster returns to cricket field at the earliest. That would also make his former captain Warne happy.