Unusual Career Choices Cricketers Made After Quitting Cricket


What do cricketers do after then hang up their gloves? While some of them become cricket administrators (think Sourav Ganguly, Dave Richardson), a few others become umpires, match referees (Clive Lloyd, Javagal Srinath, Kumar Dharmasena).

The glib talkers become commentators (Sunil Gavaskar, Nasser Hussain) and some become coaches (Gary Kirsten, Ravi Shastri). But some cricketers make unusual career choices after quitting the game. Here are a few examples:

Brian McMillian

The burly South African all-rounder, who was a regular feature in the 90s, called it quits in 1998 in started an office automation firm called Tytec in 2008. The company sells products from companies like Panasonic, Epson and Canon to name a few.

Freddie Flintoff

England all-rounder announced retirement from cricket in September 2010. In 2012, he announced that he would become a professional boxer. After a 5-month gruelling training, Flintoff defeated American boxer Richard Dawson at Manchester Arena in December 2012. Critics and commentators savaged the fight and it was the last fight the Flintoff competed in.

Chris Lewis

He was touted as the next big English all rounder after Ian Botham. But somehow, despite his immense talent, Chris Lewis’ career never reached the heights it promised. There were moments of brilliance though. 117 runs against India, a brilliant spell of bowling to Brian Lara at the 1992 World Cup.

But things went wrong for Lewis after his cricketing career ended in the late 90s. In 2008, Lewis was arrested attempting to smuggle cocaine through Gaitwick Airport. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison. After being released in 2015, he wrote a biography and started playing club cricket.

Yograj Singh

The former India right arm medium pacer, who is also cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father, had brief stint with the Indian cricket team in the early 80s. After his career ended prematurely, Yograj became an actor in Punjabi movies. He has been spotted in movies like Singh is Bling and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Salil Ankola

The fast bowler made his test debut in 1989 alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis in the first match of India’s tour of Pakistan. He would keep getting regularly selected in Indian squads but not played so much that there was even a phrase for it: “Ankolad.” Once his career ended, Ankola tried his luck in Bollywood in movies like Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002) etc. He went onto act in more than a dozen television serials including Rishtey and Big Boss.

Bryan Strang

The Zimbabwe fast bowler suffered from depression after his cricketing career ended. So, he came to India to learn Yoga. The experience turned his life around and now is a practicing Yogi.

Nathan Astle

The attacking kiwi batsman took on a racing after he quit cricket. Astle first got behind the wheel of a modified race car in 2010 and did reasonably well in this field too for a couple of years.

Darren Gough

The stocky English fast bowler, nicknamed Rhino and Dazzler, took to reality television in 2005 in the fag end of his career. Gough took part in BBC’s TV show Strictly Come Dancing and went on to win that year.



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