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Old September 1st, 2015, 10:59 AM
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Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

In a cricket-crazy nation like India where even the least successful cricketers turn into commentators, analysts or columnists post retirement, such a story might come as a shock. But as it turns out, Arshad Khan - who represented Pakistan for over 9 years - is currently a cab driver in Sydney.



Khan made his debut in 1997 and played 58 ODIs and 9 Tests for his country. The off-spinner picked up 32 wickets in Tests and 56 in ODIs. The highlight of his career was perhaps taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in an 2006 ODI versus India at Peshawar.
But 9 years after his last international match, he was spotted driving an Uber cab in Sydney by Facebook user Ganesh Birle.



The resident of Hyderabad who was visiting Australia wrote about the chance encounter: "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."

"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 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."
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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

Maybe I am missing something. Why is this news. A former cricketer is now an Uber driver. OK.

Happens to many people - some career missteps or plain wrong place at wrong time, and end up in a less paying or less fancy profession. The acclaimed classical dancer or singer and known AIR personality may be teaching brats Bollywood dance/song in phoren, dedicated teacher doing tuitions, software guy who started own company that went kaput drives yellow-cab...

Many people live in Australia with no visa, and work long hours for peanuts. They lie to family back home. Folks work in USA as nanny, driver, cook, gas station assistant, who are very rich and own property in India. No one cares.

Maybe ex-colleagues could arrange a benefit-match or something for this cricketer.. hey I have another idea.. move to a desi locality in Sydney and start an "authentic" cricket training institute. Secret: provide good quality bat, ball, wickets, knee pads... the moms hate to have to buy that from India or pay $$$ in Australia.

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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

Some sportsmen have taken bad business decisions or mishandled their money after they are past their prime, its so easy to continue the same standard of living while your finances shrink rapidly.

One doesn't generally expect sportsmen who have played the highest level of professional sport to be driving cabs for a living, some take up coaching in schools or their own institute. I wonder what pension schemes Pakistan cricket has for test players, of course one needs to have played a certain number of games and achieved certain laurels.

Bjorg Born the tennis legend, the era he played in, and the way inflation has happened, how his businesses failed, was on the verge of auctioning his grand slam trophies. This is when the veterans got together and scheduled like a world tour of exhibition tennis matches. I had the lucky chance to watch this legend play in Bangalore, alongside Pat Cash, Vijay, Anand Amritraj, etc.

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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

Uber driver makes decent money and he is in Australia.... So what was he doing before that in Pakistan ? Running multi million dollar empire ?

A full time Uber driver can make upto 5 grand a month . He is doing fine......
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Uber driver makes decent money and he is in Australia.... So what was he doing before that in Pakistan ? Running multi million dollar empire ?

A full time Uber driver can make upto 5 grand a month . He is doing fine......
I seriously doubt that figure, don't think 5K earnings, must be total revenue. We argued about this in the uber rape thread i think.

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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

Chris Cairns was driving a truck to meet the ends when he was involved in the match fixing scandal..
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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

talking of cabbies..

Sikh cabbie named 'Australian of the Day' for feeding homeless


Tejinder Pal Singh was honoured with the title of 'Australian of the day' for his service to the community.

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An Indian-origin Sikh migrant driver in Australia has been named 'Australian of the Day' for feeding the homeless in Darwin for the past three years.
Tejinder Pal Singh has dedicated the last Sunday of the month to feed the poor and homeless locals of northern Darwin after he finishes his shift as a cabbie.

He cooks 30 kg Indian cuisine to feed the homeless after his night shift. The free lunch that Tejinder Pal Singh offers comprises chickpeas, rice and vegetarian curry.

"I do something for homeless people, so they get more energy and they're happy. My religion says 10% of our income should go to the needy - no matter (whether) they belong to your religion or any other religion,"
Tejinder Pal Singh was quoted as saying by the local media.

His van carries a signature written as 'Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provider Sikh family.' Commonwealth Bank has sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for over 35 years,
recognizing extraordinary Australians who have made a big difference to the country.
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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

In India, Uber cab owners make 50-75k monthly. That's what was in media during the Uber incident.
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In India, Uber cab owners make 50-75k monthly. That's what was in media during the Uber incident.
So I read a few articles on quora, indiatimes and other such entertainment / user sites. Apparently, the drivers who own the cars and register with Uber can earn 15-25K per week, after subtracting fuel and maintenance costs.
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Chris Cairns was driving a truck to meet the ends when he was involved in the match fixing scandal..
many new zealand cricketers have to do odd jobs after quitting cricket because the game is not so lucrative in new zealand.
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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

I went and read an Uber forum - yes strange reading habits - looks like the amount made totally varies. Very interesting to read the challenges of that profession, and how it is not so easy as making some money just driving around...

Give me back the autorickshaw any day. Both to drive and for rides.
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From my conversations with relatives and friends in India's metros, almost everybody uses a smartphone app to book cabs unless they are in a marketplace and they see one right in front of them.
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Re: Former Pakistani Cricketer Arshad Khan Is Now An Uber Driver In Sydney

more such news keeps coming..
Former National Level Boxer, Kamal Kumar Is Now Forced To Collect Garbage For A Living



We know that in India, compared to cricket, other sports have a bleak future. The potential that these sportspersons have are immense but sadly, they don’t get due attention because of improper channelising of sources and insufficient financial fund.

Kamal Kumar, a national level boxer and a gold medal winner, has put an end to his boxing career and he collects garbage for a living.

How sad is that?

No. He was not allowed for a 4th class job also even after winning a gold medal on a national level. The reason, according to Puri Duniya, is his caste. He is a Dalit. We wonder why this is the sole reason. He has a family who is dependent on him, and therefore, he had to resort to collecting garbage.

Misplaced dreams?

He told that he trains his elder son, who is also a national level player. Because he couldn’t get financial support to fulfill his dreams, he doesn’t want his son to experience the same downfall.

He also said that government can still help him get a job now.

The government of India need to realise that there is not one Kamal Kumar. There are many like him who have left their passion and treading an altogether different path. Will this plea also fall on deaf ears? The time to act is now.
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We know that in India, compared to cricket, other sports have a bleak future. The potential that these sportspersons have are immense but sadly, they don’t get due attention because of improper channelising of sources and insufficient financial fund.
Kallo baat. One more 'cry me a river' story.

If people excel in something, for a while, why do they expect that some force will give them a certain standard of living for rest of the life? I mean, heard of Freedom Fighter allowances and privileges, but what's so great about sportspersons who shine in any sport?

To fend for oneself and have the ability to do that is a grownup's duty. A teenager will want to go study music or fine arts and shine in that, and get country medals, then what? Go home and live the rest of your life.
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I think such people should be pulled into army if they qualify physically.
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