Khurram Khan, the UAE batsman, has retired from international cricket. On Thursday, Khurram was dismissed for 10 in his final innings for the UAE side, as they slumped to an innings-and-26-run defeat against Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dublin. He made 24 in the first innings.
Soon after the end of the match, the Emirates Cricket Board tweeted their tribute to Khurram, calling him a ‘gentleman of UAE cricket’.
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) June 5, 2015
Khurram played 16 ODIs, scoring 582 runs at an average of 41.57, with one century and three half-centuries. He also took 12 wickets with his left-arm spin. In November 2014, he became the oldest player to score an ODI century when he made an unbeaten 132 against Afghanistan in Dubai. Having reached the milestone at 43, he broke Sanath Jayasuriya’s previous record by nearly four years.
Khurram was the leading run-scorer in the World Cup Qualifier in 2014, his 581 runs at 72.62 firing UAE into the World Cup for only the second time in their history. He led the team for ten years, before being relieved ahead of the 2015 World Cup, where he served as Mohammad Tauqir’s deputy.
Born in Multan, Pakistan, Khurram moved to the UAE in 1999 to work for Emirates Airlines as a flight purser. Two years later he made his UAE debut during the ICC Trophy in Canada.