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Amjad Khan

Amjad Khan is potentially one of the fastest bowlers on the county circuit © Getty Images

Kent seamer Amjad Khan has vowed that he will return to full fitness following a knee injury that kept him out of the game for over a year, and he still harbours ambitions to play for his country.

The 27-year-old seamer suffered ligament damage as well as a hole in the hard cartilage of his right knee and is only just returning to bowling.

Amjad underwent surgery to reconstruct his posterior cruciate ligament after sustaining the injury at the Dennis Lillee fast bowling Academy in Chennai in February 2007.

He was then sent home from the England A tour of Bangladesh, before playing a game although he initially damaged the ligament in August 2006.

Amjad's main aim is to prove that he will return to the playing field and he has joined up with the England Performance Programme (EPP) squad at Chennai in India.

Steve Finn, James Harris & Amjad Khan

Amjad Khan (far right) working on his fitness in Chennai with Steve Finn (far left) and James Harris

Amjad told ecb.co.uk: "Of course I'd love to play for England. For me, it's about getting back to where I was when I was at my best, which was being selected for the England A tours and the World Cup squad.

"I'm looking to feature in the England Lions game in May against South Africa.

“Apart from being ready for the start of the season, which has always been my goal it would be great to give something back to the ECB after what they've done for me."

The ECB have supported Khan throughout his rehabilitation process, providing physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and other support throughout the period.

"The faith the ECB has shown in me has been really good. They've really invested a lot of time in my injury and getting me right," he added.

"The board has stood for 90 per cent of my rehab and the support offered has been outstanding. I'm really impressed and extremely grateful for all they've done."

Amjad is using his time with the EPP squad to continue his rehab programme.

Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid has impressed Khan in India

He continued: "Where I was at two to three weeks ago meant I wouldn't have been able to join in with their training as it was too intense, so I would have spent most of the time on the sidelines.

"I'm now further ahead than I was, so it's much more beneficial for me to come out now.

"There is so much talent within this squad - they're all so young and I feel so old next to them. The likes of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and James Hildreth. These guys look so young, yet they play their cricket in such a mature manner.

"They've obviously been working hard throughout the first two weeks in Mohali and it's really impressive to see that.

“They're taking everything on board and processing it in a mature fashion. There's so much talent here that we just need to work on it and nurture it.

“The coaches over here, like Kevin Shine, Ashley Giles and Martyn Moxon are all really pleased with the lads' progress and how it's all going - it's a really good culture that they've got."

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