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5 INTERNATIONAL CRICKETERS WHO’RE NOW LIVING A MISERABLE LIFE AFTER QUITTING CRICKET

The cricket life isn’t as pleasing and full of glamour as it seems. The outer world always shines, but the inner world has its own share of difficulties. You play well, you rule. The day you don’t, your struggle to survive begins.

Retirement in the game also has its own consequences. As soon as you’re no longer on the field, no one cares. Well, With the course of time, the cricketers have found different career options post retirement. Some become a coach, some continue playing club crickets or try some other sports like golf. Some also try their luck in business or else, commentary toh hai he.

Amidst all this, there are some cricketers who land up taking unusual jobs after they’ve bidden adieu to the game of cricket. The kind of job they get into is far away from the stardom and fame received to when they represented their country.

Here we are listing 5 such international cricketers who’re living an unusual post retirement life:

1. Henry Olonga, Zimbabwe – Singer

Henry Olanga

The fast and furious Zimbabwe bowler was the threat in the game to many batsmen during the mid-1990s. He was a prominent bowler of the team along with Andy Flower. In 2003 World Cup, he and Andy wore black bands to protest the ‘death of democracy’ in Zimbabwe during the match against Sri Lankan in East London. Later, both the bowlers decided to step down from the team and announce retirement after they received death threats. Post retirement, they migrated to England. Andy Flower became the coach of the English cricket team in 2007 however, Henry Olonga tried his luck in the world of music and released an album in 2006 called Aurelia.

Olonga played 30 Tests and 50 ODIs and 68 and 58 wickets respectively.

2. Arshad Khan, Pakistan – Cab driver in Sydney

Arshad Khan

The former Pakistani off-break bowler was first inducted in the team for Pakistan’s tour to West Indies back in 1997-98. In 1999, he was a member of the Pakistan team which won the Asian Test Championship in Dhaka against Sri Lanka. Until 2001, he was a regular bowler of the team but later, he was subsequently dropped. He made his comeback in 2005 against England to play the ODI series. He did well in that series but couldn’t make a permanent space in the team there after. He announced retirement in 2006 and as per the media reports of 2015, he now works as a cab driver in Australia.

He had played 9 Tests and 58 where he took a total of 164 wickets (31 in Tests, 133 in ODIs)

3. Chris Cairns, New Zealand – Bus shelter washer

Chris Cairns

One of the most efficient and aggressive all-rounders of New Zealand’s, Chris Cairns was equally good with the ball as he had taken 218 wickets in Tests and 201 wickets in ODIs. He had even smashed 9 centuries in world cricket. But the way he ended up his career was quite unacceptable. In 2006, he bid goodbye to International cricket. In 2013, he participated in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) where he was accused of getting involved in match-fixing. Later, in 2014, he was found doing a job of cleaning bus shelters in Auckland.

He has played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs where he scored 3,320 and 4,950 respectively.

3. Chris Lewis, England

Chris Lewis

Former English speedster Chris was considered a skilful cricketer but he couldn’t prove his talent for long. He played his last Test match against Pakistan on 26th August 1996.Unforyunately, in the later years, he attained a criminal status as he had to serve 13 years imprisonment in 2009 as he was accused of smuggling liquid cocaine. Reportedly, he tried to smuggle a banned drug worth £140,000 by hiding it in fruit juice tins in his cricket bags.

He played 32 Tests for England and picked up 93 wickets which include three five-wicket hauls. Lewis  He had also scored a century which came against India at Chennai in 1993, that too on his birthday.

5. Chris Harris, New Zealand

Chris Harris

Another Kiwi all-rounder in the list who was a key player of the team during the 90s. Harris was an aggressive player who had played 23 Tests and 250 ODIs and scored a total of 5,519 runs and picked up 218 wickets. He retired in the year 2004 after reportedly, he became a medical representative for an Australian company Orthotech.

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