Former Pakistan player Arshad Khan now drives taxi in Sydney to make ends meet

Former Pakistan player Arshad Khan now drives taxi in Sydney to make ends meet

Arshad khan has played nine Tests and 58 ODIs for Pakistan picking up 89 wickets across format in the period 1997 to 2006.

Arshad Khan
Arshad Khan of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Stu Forster /Allsport)

Apart from giving fame, love, and appreciation, cricket also secures a lot of players by making them financially stable. Not all the cricketers come from well off family from the beginning itself. The likes of Virender Sehwag, Makhaya Nitini, or more recently Chetan Sakariya do not come from a financially secure background. While the former two cricketers are now doing extremely good all thanks to the sport, Sakariya has just started and still has a long way to go.

Life though doesn’t always guarantee to go in one way even though you have played cricket at the top level as former Pakistan cricketer Arshad Khan has figured out. The former off-spinner made his debut in 1997-98 against West Indies and played nine Tests and 85 ODIs till 2006. After retirement, his life took a drastic U-turn, and now he is driving a taxi in Sydney to support his family.

That Khan was driving a taxi, was found out by a person who shared the post on social media five years ago. He mentioned what interaction took place between him and the former Pakistani player.

“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 recognize. I shook has his hand and left. (sic),” said the social media user, as reported by DNA.

Arshad Khan managed to dismiss both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag

Khan’s moment in the sun came during India’s high-profile tour to Pakistan where he managed to get the prized wickets of both Sehwag and Tendulkar which truly made him a star overnight. Interestingly, Khan played his last Test and ODI against arch-rivals India in Bangalore and Rawalpindi, respectively.

He ended his career by picking 89 wickets across formats. For a brief period, he was a regular feature for the Men in Green due to his more than decent off-spin bowling.