By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: May 7, 2012
Former Rajasthan Royals coach and captain Shane Warne on Monday raised concerns over the future of his one-time teammate Kamran Khan, who according to a media report, is back to the field working as a farmer, and not playing in Indian Premier League 2012 for his current franchise Pune Warriors India.
A report by the Indian Express claimed that far away from the IPL action, in Nadwa Sarai village in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, seamer Kamran was busy harvesting his crop – in Pune Warriors India jersey – at a time when he should be busy playing for his IPL franchise.
Pune had sent the 21-year-old left-arm seamer back home as they didn’t require his services, paying him Rs. 10 lakhs.
Kamran had shot to limelight with his impressive performances in the 2009 edition of IPL.
Warne said on Twitter, “Found it bizarre that Kamran is working on a farm and not playing IPL. To me a waste of talent, hope your ok buddy...”
“The Essence of the IPL was about helping young Indian talent & mixing them with all the International players & breaking down barriers....”
“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,” Warne wrote.
“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 added.
The former Rajasthan skipper had hailed Kamran as the “next big thing” in Indian cricket. But his career suffered a major joled when the on-field umpires reported him for suspect action during a match against the Chennai Super Kings in 2009.
While Rajasthan had retained the left-arm seamer in 2010, Pune claimed him in their first season, in 2011.
Kamran, who is now busy working in his farm says, “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.”
“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,” says Kamran.
“Earlier, I used to work on the farm only,” he says. “But I had to stop a few years ago as I was busy with cricket.”