The UAE's Khurram Khan hit 132 not out against Afghanistan on Sunday. AP Photo/A.M. Ahad
The UAE's Khurram Khan hit 132 not out against Afghanistan on Sunday. AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

UAE captain Khurram Khan can still cash in for the Emirates

DUBAI // A 43-year-old flight purser from Sharjah jumped to the head of a luminous list when he scored a hundred for the UAE on Sunday.

Khurram Khan, the national team captain, gave a little leap and looked up to the sky upon reaching three figures in the second one-day international against Afghanistan.

In so doing, he went past Sanath Jayasuriya, Geoffrey Boycott and Sachin Tendulkar to become the oldest player to score a one-day international century.

The heavenwards glance was easily explained.

The Pakistan-born all-rounder, who has given more than a decade of service to UAE cricket, has been waiting a long time for this moment. It meant everything to him.

He has scored plenty of centuries in the grey of the UAE, but this was his first since the side achieved official one-day international status this year, and he wanted to give thanks.

How he summoned the energy for the celebratory jump, though, is a source of wonder.

Apart from the fact he is getting on in years, Khurram was in San Francisco with his day job with Emirates Airline the day before this series started.

He barely slept on Saturday night because of jet lag, yet he still managed his extraordinary feat with the bat at the ICC ­Academy.

Jayasuriya, Boycott and Tendulkar never had to put up with that sort of thing, yet Khurram has scored 185 runs, for once out, and played the vital role in two wins in the three days since.

“Wow, that is amazing,” Khurram said when informed he had beaten Jayasuriya’s record for the oldest ODI centurion by almost four years.

“To be associated with these names is amazing. When I am playing I never think about how old I am,” he said.

“When you are playing with a group of players who are supporting you and working very hard, then age is the last thing on your mind, to be honest.”

Follow our sports coverage on twitter at @SprtNationalUAE

At Eternity’s Gate

Director: Julian Schnabel

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaacs, Mads Mikkelsen

Three stars

Brief scores:

Toss: Kerala Knights, opted to fielf

Pakhtoons 109-5 (10 ov)

Fletcher 32; Lamichhane 3-17

Kerala Knights 110-2 (7.5 ov)

Morgan 46 not out, Stirling 40


Started: November 2017

Founders: Mounir Nakhla, Ahmed Mohsen and Mohamed Aboulnaga

Based: Cairo, Egypt

Sector: transport and logistics

Size: 150+ employees

Investment: approximately $8 million

Investors include: Singapore’s Battery Road Digital Holdings, Egypt’s Algebra Ventures, Uber co-founder and former CTO Oscar Salazar


Muhammad Waseem (captain), Aayan Khan, Aryan Lakra, Ashwanth Valthapa, Asif Khan, Aryansh Sharma, CP Rizwaan, Hazrat Billal, Junaid Siddique, Karthik Meiyappan, Rohan Mustafa, Vriitya Aravind, Zahoor Khan and Zawar Farid.

Biggest applause

Asked to rate Boris Johnson's leadership out of 10, Mr Sunak awarded a full 10 for delivering Brexit — remarks that earned him his biggest round of applause of the night. "My views are clear, when he was great he was great and it got to a point where we need to move forward. In delivering a solution to Brexit and winning an election that's a 10/10 - you've got to give the guy credit for that, no-one else could probably have done that."


Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway

Director: Ashima Chibber 

Stars: Rani Mukerji, Anirban Bhattacharya and Jim Sarbh 

Rating: 2/5


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Keep up with all the Middle East and North Africa athletes at the 2024 Paris Olympics

      By signing up, I agree to The National's privacy policy