Khurram and Tauqir on brink of retirement

2015 World Cup

United Arab Emirates veteran batsman Khurram Khan has announced that he is on the verge of retirement, at the age of 43, and is just waiting for the board to make the announcement.

Khurram was the long-time UAE skipper before he was replaced by Mohammad Tauqir, also 43, ahead of the World Cup. They led the side in Australia and New Zealand, and returned home this week without a win, but having gained much experience.

Khurram said upon arriving back in the UAE: "We have already spoken to the board, myself and (Mohammed) Tauqir. We had a discussion on the flight as well with coach Aaqib Javed.

"He is going to speak to the CEO and the other selectors and see how we are going to go about.

"So, it is going to be soon. I think it will be the board (who will announce it). It is left to the board how they are going to do it. Obviously, it has been long due."

The former skipper looked back on his influential career with pride, and said he had a wonderful time at the World Cup, despite not winning any matches.

Khurram said: "I think I'm very satisfied, thank God. Whatever happened, I dreamt, you can't do more than that. Just thinking that you are going to perform and take the country to the biggest level in the world, that was special.

"You know, these guys, we used to play on the streets and now taking them to Australia and New Zealand to play in the World Cup, I think, that’s as big as it can get. So, I'm proud of myself and my teammates.

"It was the whole experience, to be honest. The day we left from here, when you land there, it is a different world. I think this is going to stay for all our lives.

"It was amazing, especially the MCG. I've told you before, I stayed there so many times before, just across the MCG, but I never walked in because I wanted to play there.

"It was a wonderful, wonderful feeling and something that I have achieved. And I'm never going to forget that feeling."

The Emirates Airlines employee said, when asked about his future plans, that he would continue to work with UAE cricket to build the game, and would look into getting into coaching.

He added: "I will try my best at maybe coaching. I would look forward to be working with the board in some sort of position, may coaching or somewhere I can help younger players to get along and improve and do something for UAE cricket."

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