Hong Kong 'keeper calls time on career to become a pilot

Wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Carter, part of the Hong Kong Asia Cup team that gave India a scare, is looking forward to scaling newer heights – and quite literally so.

Carter, who made his debut in 2015, has played 11 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Hong Kong.   -  Twitter/@cardootz

Wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Carter, part of the Hong Kong Asia Cup team that gave India a scare, is looking forward to scaling newer heights – and quite literally so – as he calls time on his international career to become a pilot.

Carter, who made his debut in 2015, has played 11 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Hong Kong. “It (becoming a pilot) has always been at the back of my mind. To be perfectly honest, I never thought that I could have a career in cricket. I knew that there will come a time when I would have to move on," Carter tells Sportstar.

“I knew Cricket Hong Kong would not be able to provide for me forever. As a cricketer, I did not see the life I wanted in the future.

“But without any disrespect to Hong Kong Cricket, I would like to say that some people like Mark Wright (Director of Cricket Hong Kong) and Simon Cook (Head coach) really do their best, but they are not supported well enough," the 21-year-old added.

So would he be willing to stage a return sometime in the future? “For now, a professional pilot with Cathay Pacific is what I would like to call myself. In the future, if an opportunity presents itself, maybe yes, only if it does not interfere with my career as a pilot."

The adversities cricket in Hong Kong sees are manifold and was also what former skipper, Tanwir Afzal, had alluded to in an earlier interview.

“Hong Kong is a very expensive country with people more inclined towards studies and mainstream professions which fetch money.

"When it comes to cricket, we hardly have facilities to facilitate growth. With the ODI status gone, salaries have reduced to half. The ICC funding is also gone, and the government, which had been supportive even two years back has stopped supporting us now. Survival at times seems difficult but passion is what drives you on,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Carter has already attended his first class at the flight school in Adelaide on Wednesday morning.