JUNAID Khan has dismissed the likes of England’s Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali in a glorious Pakistan career and is now wreaking havoc with Barnsley club Hoylandswaine CC in the Huddersfield League.
The 32-year-old played 107 games for his country in all formats, up until 2019, and has now settled in Bradford with his family.
He was snapped up by Swaine, who have recruited a series of high-profile players in recent years while collecting regular trophies.
So far he has taken 45 wickets, forming a formidable opening bowler partnership with compatriot Muhammed Azharullah who has 41.
Khan told the Chronicle: “It’s so good here. I enjoy it very much. As soon as I came here, I felt good.
“The club has won a lot of trophies in the last years and we want to do that again this year.
“I am still professional if I play international cricket or club cricket.
“I approach it the same way.
“When you look around the Hoylandswaine team, pretty much every player is a professional standard.
“It feels like a county team.”
Khan is from the city of Swabi, which had never produced an international cricketer before he made his debut in 2011.
He went onto play 22 Test matches, 76 One Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals – taking 189 wickets across all formats.
He was one of Pakistan’s star players on the way to winning the Champions Trophy in 2017, including a semi-final success over hosts England and final victory over India.
“It was like a dream. I am from a small place and nobody there plays with hard cricket balls, we use softer balls with tape on them.
“Everyone told me to focus on my education but I focused on cricket and my dad supported me a lot.
“The highlights were winning a One Day series in South Africa in 2013, because we were the first Asian team to win there, and also winning the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.
“I was the second highest wicket-taker in that tournament and it was a very important moment for the country.”
Khan played club cricket in England in 2009 and 2010 then had three spells with Lancashire and one with Middlesex alongside his international career.
He said: “My family is settled in England. My priorities are to get back into county cricket in the future and also I have started my own company selling my own brand of Asian clothing in England.”
Swaine stayed top of the Premiership as they chased 225 for an eight-wicket win over Almondbury Wesleyans.
Khan and Azharullah took four wickets each then SP Singh made 68 not out while Chris Holliday whacked an unbeaten 91 off 65 balls with nine fours and five sixes.
They are ten points clear at the top with nine wins from ten games.
Swaine then won at Barkisland in the Sykes Cup.
Asif Iqbal carried his bat with 132 not out off 156 balls including 13 fours and five sixes.
Swaine posted 310 then bowled their hosts out for 120 with Adeel Baig taking four wickets and Khan three.
Swaine then suffered a rare loss at Skelmanthorpe in the Twenty20 Cup on Tuesday.
They were bowled out for 90 chasing 123.
Hoylandswaine 2nd XI won by four runs at Thurstonland in the Conference.
Faisal Irfan made 71 and Don Bandula 57 in Swaine’s 256 then Baig took four wickets.
They then fell eight runs short chasing 176 against Skelmanthorpe 2nd XI in the Paddock Shield.
Irfan hit 62 off 60 balls after Luke Potter took four wickets.