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Amjad Khan gets surprise call-up to England Test squad

AP AND AFP , ABU DHABI

Danish-born fast bowler Amjad Khan received a surprise call up to the England squad yesterday for the Test series in India after Ryan Sidebottom was ruled out with a muscle tear.

Adil Rashid, a promising all-rounder, has also been picked to go with the team as an understudy.

The 28-year-old Khan was born in Denmark to Pakistani parents, but has played for Kent since 2000. He made a strong comeback this year after a career-threatening knee injury last season.

“Obviously, I am very excited. My strength is pace and swing and I can bring reverse swing to the table,” Khan said.

Khan and Sajid Mahmood were selected for the last two one-day internationals in the recent seven-match series against India, but those matches were canceled following the attacks in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, England coach Peter Moores is convinced the entire squad will travel to India should final security clearance be granted.

The squad are at a training camp in Abu Dhabi while they await the report of England and Wales Cricket Board security advisor Reg Dickason, who is in India assessing security ahead of the series which is scheduled to start in Chennai on Thursday.

England are scheduled to travel to Chennai today if the go-ahead for the tour, which was thrown into doubt after last month’s terror attacks in Mumbai, is given.

“There’s a general will within the team to go and play those Test matches because, one — to represent your country and, because of what’s happened we all want to play cricket now,” Moores told Sky Sports.

There has been speculation that some players in the squad were unwilling to travel.

“In the team you will have people viewing it slightly differently,” Moores said. “If someone views it differently, and the key will be if someone decides not to go, we will respect that decision because one thing that I know as coach is that everybody is desperate to play for England.”

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