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Pakistan’s Arshad Khan’s Spectacular Fall From Grace

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Arshad Khan (Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport)

The game of cricket has seen several rags to riches stories. Many individuals who started from the bottom ended up becoming very rich. However, not everyone has been that lucky. Not many enjoyed the financial pinnacle despite playing at the highest stage of the game.

One such personality is former Pakistan spinner Arshad Khan is one of those unlucky individuals who struck the paradise of misfortune after hitting the limelight through the sport.

International career:

Khan made his Test debut in 1997 against West Indies. However, it was not a debut to remember for him. In fact, he failed to deliver promisingly for quite some time after his debut. However, a year after his debut he took 5 for 38 and helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship final at Dhaka.

He then went on to play 9 Tests for his national team. He took 32 wickets in the longest format of the game with a modest average of 30.  His last Test appearance came against arch-rivals India in 2005.

Prior to his Test debut, he had made his debut in One-Day Internationals in 1993 against Zimbabwe at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. He went on to feature in 60 games and ended up picking up 57 wickets at an economy of 4.18.

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Arshad Khan’s last ODI appearance came against India

Fall from grace:

Khan’s career was not one of the most prolific when compared to others but it was not even the one which deserved such a cruel end. His career, however, took an unfortunate turn when he entered the rebel Indian Cricket League. It completely tarnished his image and his tryst with the game completely came to an end. Thereafter, he shifted to Sydney in order to search for a better living. As a result, he ended up becoming a taxi driver.


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