Ex-cricketers who took up other jobs: Inspector, Uber driver, bus stand cleaner

Updated: 12 June, 2020 14:18 IST | Shawn.Dsouza

    CHRIS CAIRNS: One of New Zealand's finest cricketers and all-rounders will surprise you with the job he opted for post his career in cricket. Chris Cairns, who was last in the news for match-fixing scandal created quite the impact in international cricket. However, in 2014, reports surfaced that he ended up driving trucks around as well as cleaning bus stands. In May 2020, after being out of the public eye for 5 years since 2015, it was announced that Cairns was back in business as chief executive of a virtual sports company called SmartSportz.


    SADAGOPPAN RAMESH: The former Indian batsman who played amongst some of the country's biggest cricketers ended up finding a new role... in Tamil cinema. His profile also displays 'Indian film actor' ahead of 'former cricketer'. He made his film debut in 2008 in 'Santosh Subramaniam' and played the lead in 'Potta Potti'


    JOGINDER SHARMA: Everyone remembers the last over bowled at the 2007 World Twenty20 final! Former Indian seamer Joginder Sharma dismissed Misbah-Ul-Haq to help the team clinch the title. As of now, Joginder Sharma is at the post of a Deputy Superintendent of Police with the Haryana Police. From bagging wickets, Joginder now bags criminals. Not bad!


    EWEN CHATFIELD: Former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield retired from the game back in 1989. During his career, he played 43 Tests with 123 wickets and 114 ODIs with 140 wickets. Chatfield currently has been working as a taxi driver in Wellington since 2009. Prior to that, he tackled various jovs - coaching, working in a chip shop and courier van driver for a dairy.


    ARSHAD KHAN: The Pakistan cricketer was known for spinning his way through batting line-ups. However, now Arshad Khan went on to turn his car around the streets of Sydney in Australia. Last reported in 2015, the former Pakistan spinner became a cab driver in the continent


    HENRY OLONGA: The Zimbabwean pace bowler was one of the most flamboyant cricketers during his time. After calling time on his cricket career, Henry Olonga has taken up to singing. Well, this profession is not something new to him as it was his passion during his teenage years. Olonga is now a singer as well as cricket commentator. In 2019, he appeared as a contestant on the television show The Voice Australia.


    NATHAN ASTLE: The classy Kiwi batsman did not waste too much time in deciding a career after cricket. Nathan Astle took to race car driving, which he admits was his passion even during his time in cricket


    MOHAMMAD YOUSUF: The former Pakistan cricketer was one of the most reliable finds in the Pakistan team back in the 1990s. Little do people know, that Mohammad Yousuf, had a poverty-stricken childhood. Even after he retired from cricket, he reportedly worked as a tailor as well as an auto-rickshaw driver at a particular time.


    ADAM HOLLIOAKE: The England all-rounder was one of the most impactful cricketers in the squad during his time. Hollioake, who still manages to keep himself in shape, has taken up Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as his sport. Hollioake has played 1 MMA match which ended in a draw


    DEBASHISH MOHANTY: One of India's fast bowlers hailing from Odisha, Debashish Mohanty, was once one of the highest wicket-takers in the country. During the Sahara Cup in 1990s, he played a key role in India's success. Debashish Mohanty worked as an employee at National Aluminium Company Limited in Odisha (NALCO)


    CHRIS HARRIS: The former New Zealand cricketer was one of the most influential players in the team in the 1990s. During his ODI career, he was a vital factor that played a role in New Zealand's victories. Chris Harris ended up with a job as a medical representative selling orthopaedic devices for a company in Australia and has also coached the U-19 team

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About The Gallery

Though many cricketers are still associated with the game in some way or the other even after retirement, there are others who have taken up drastically different professions. Chris Cairns, who celebrates his birthday today, once took up truck driving and bus stand cleaning. We look at cricketers who went into other professions after playing cricket

First Published: 05 September, 2019 13:00 IST