Hong Kong’s Carter Quits Cricket To Become Pilot

October 2, 2018

NewsStandOnline.Net (2-October-2018): Hong Kong wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Carter has decided to quit international cricket in order to pursue a career as a pilot.

A member of the Hong Kong team that qualified for the Asia Cup – and ran India close in their group match – Carter has now decided to return to Australia, where he grew up, in order to attend flight school.

Despite being in possession of a Cricket Hong Kong (CHK) contract, he suggested opportunities in cricket were limited.

“I already put my studies on hold before but I think it’s time to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and that is to become a pilot,” Carter said.

Hong Kong’s Carter Quits Cricket To Become Pilot

“It is difficult to be a cricketer in Hong Kong given the lack of funding. People within CHK work so hard to try and allow us to play on a full-time basis.

“The likes of Mark Wright and Simon Cook really do their best, but they are not supported well enough by the government or the ICC.”Carter, who was born in Hong Kong, made his international debut in 2015, having initially intended to play club cricket in the city.

He played 11 ODIs – the last Hong Kong’s 26-run defeat to India in Dubai – as well as 10 T20Is and five first-class matches.

He has now departed for Adelaide, where he will undertake training to become a pilot with Cathay Pacific. He hopes to be able to play for Hong Kong again in the future, depending on work commitments.