Till a couple of days ago, young Mohammad Kamran Khan was chasing an impossible dream of making it big in cricket. On Sunday evening, this unknown left-arm fast bowler’s wishes partly came true when Team Jaipur signed him up for Rs 12 lakh ($25,000) for the upcoming season. A team spokesperson confirmed the development on Monday evening.
Kamran’s is an out and out rags-to-riches fairytale. The 18-year-old was content playing tennis ball cricket in Azamgarh (UP) when coach Noushad Khan persuaded him to come over to Mumbai.
The Std X passout was initially advised against pursuing his “dream of playing big-time cricket” by his elder brothers, but they finally yielded. “Iqbal (Abdulla) had made it big and I convinced my brothers to let me go. I had only them to depend on,” the soft-spoken lad, who was orphaned at 15, said.
“Abba passed away six years ago and since then ammi was depressed. She couldn’t take that shock and three years later, Allah took her too. I wish she was alive to see me play. Ammi always hoped to see me bowl on TV.”
Khan, who has coached Mumbai players Iqbal Abdulla and Rahil Shaikh, was on top of the world. “Kamran impressed Darren Berry (Jaipur’s coaching director) during the practice games at Bombay Gymkhana and MIG (Bandra). Later, he took him aside and asked him to bowl slower ones and bouncers and he was convinced,” Khan said. “If he performs well, then the fee will be raised to Rs 40 lakh,” he added.
Khan is now the proud coach of three IPL players including Kamran.