Amjad Khan – International Cricketer, Techie

Amjad Khan Cricketer

He completed his schooling from Burn Hall School Srinagar in 1982. At Burn Hall, He captained the school football, hockey and basketball teams.
Holding a responsible position in the Microsoft and an acknowledged cricketing star in USA, Amjad Khan is a role model.

He recently captained Dachigam Hanguls in the KSL in Dubai and represented The Cricketers Club (TCC) in the Dubai Super League (DSL).

He is also the board member of Chinar International (http://www.chinarinternational.org/), an NGO established in Kashmir to empower Orphans, Vulnerable Children & Marginalized Youth.

Scion of a well established family, Amjad Khan, had completed his engineering in electronics and communication from Regional Engineering College (REC) Srinagar in 1990. He had not even received his degree certificates after engineering when his father, a retired chief Conservator of Forests wanted him to move out of a fast changing Kashmir.

I followed my grandfather’s footsteps to pursue higher education. My grandfather, Ghulam Hassan Khan was the first Kashmiri Muslim to study at Harvard University in USA in 1927. He was a civil engineer. Later my father, Abdul Rashid Khan, who studied forestry in England in 1945.

Before leaving Kashmir, Khan was an established cricketer. He had represented J&K’s under-19 team. Besides, he was captain of the University of Kashmir team. Later, around 1988, he made it to Ranji Tropy as well. Scoring 42 runs at a batting average in the two matches he played against Delhi and Haryana, it was going to be his last match for his team. By then, situation in Kashmir had turned even worse. In 1989, J&K did not participate in the Ranji Trophy.

FINALLY in 1990, Khan took off for United States of America. “For next six months I worked as data entry operator because my degree certificate was yet to reach me due to bad situation in valley,” Khan said. Almost a year after, he finally received his engineering degree from Srinagar, a pre-requisite for further studies.

Khan decided to opt for masters in computer sciences. But top class education in a new world did not encourage Khan to forget his old love, the cricket. “I started playing cricket for the local clubs and I maintained my passion more than that of home,” Khan said.

“After completion of my masters, I started working for US based small technology companies.” Working in various companies, he moved up the ladder and continued improving his profile. In 2006, he landed at Microsoft, the software giant.

Amjad Khan - Shahid Afridi
Amjad Khan with Shahid Afridi

His entry into MS coincided with his stardom in the sport, his passion. He was selected to play for the United States listed A team.

Amjad Khan has completed working as an engineer for Microsoft for eleven years.
AMJAD KHAN is a successful man. His passion for cricket has given him a social ranking in US. He works for one of the software giants in the world. Bt he misses Kashmir. “Summer of 1989 was the last best one,” he says in nostalgic tone. Perhaps that was why that before packing his luggage, he played few quick cricket matches in Amar Singh College Srinagar premises with young blooded youth, surprising them by his “old man” skills.

Source: Kashmir Life

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