He Once Got Sachin Tendulkar Out, Now Famous Pakistan Bowler Arshad Khan Drives A Cab To Make A Living!
What are the career options for an international cricketer after quitting the sport? A plethora of options include coaching, a foray into cricket administration, running a business venture, acting in films, trying out luck as a politician or living a life of a retired pro in a beautiful island. However, for a certain Arshad Khan life after cricket is far from cosy.
On Monday, a post on Facebook from Ganesh Birle claimed that the former Pakistan offspinner is driving Uber Cab in Sydney.
"He was the driver of our cab and we started chatting, he told me that he is from Pakistan and lives in Sydney. Also that he has been to Hyderabad many times when he was playing for Lahore Badshahs something in ICL. After which I asked him his full name and then I was shocked to see his face which I could partially recognise. I shook has his hand and left," Ganesh Birle's post read.
"He was avoiding the conversation all the time, but at the same time he couldn't help but talk about his India connection. Imagine he introduced himself as 'I from Pakistan [sic] but I have been here in Sydney for long time now'. Also like a good Uber driver he offered us water and stuff when we sat in the car," he wrote.
Arshad made his debut for Pakistan in 1997-98 against West Indies and just in his third Test, took his only five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship final at Dhaka in 1999. With Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and a rising talent in Danish Kaneria more preferred spinner in a fast-bowler dominated team, Arshad couldn't cement his place in the side. Nevertheless he went on to play nine Tests with 32 wickets and 58 ODIs taking 56 wickets. He signed up for the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2007, effectively ending his international career.
Arshad's last ODI wicket was none other than Sachin Tendulkar, when he got him out LBW after the Master Blaster had completed a century in Peshawar (pictured above, 2006). The match, which Pakistan won, was known more for the Inzamam-ul-Haq's bizarre dismissal by obstructing the field.
(With TNN inputs)
Source:- He Once Got Sachin Tendulkar Out, Now Famous Pakistan Bowler Arshad Khan Drives A Cab To Make A Living!