The career of Hong Kong wicketkeeper hitter Chris Carter is about to take off, but not in the way that one would expect. Carter, 21, has turned his back on international cricket to train as a driver.
A member of the Hong Kong team who qualified for the Asian Cup and raced to India closely in his group match, Carter has now decided to return to Australia, where he grew up, to attend flight school. Despite being in possession of a contract from Cricket Hong Kong (CHK), he suggested that opportunities in cricket were limited.
"I've already put my studies on hold before, but I think it's time to do what I've always wanted to do, and that's to become a pilot," Carter told the South China Morning Post . "It's hard to be a cricketer in Hong Kong due to lack of funds, people within CHK work so hard to try and allow us to play full time."
"In the same way, Mark Wright and Simon Cook do their best effort, but the government or the ICC does not support them enough. "
Carter, who was born in Hong Kong, made his international debut in 2015, since he initially intended to play cricket in the city. 11 ODIs – the last defeat of 26 Hong Kong races against India in Dubai – as well as 10 T20Is and five first class matches.
He has now left for Adelaide, where he will train to become a Cathay driver. return to play for Hong Kong in the future, depending on work commitments.
The problem of clinging to players like Carter was something that Cook, the Hong Kong coach, alluded to last month in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, when discussing the challenges to develop a competitive side.  659002] "It all comes down to money," Cook said. "We are governed by things we can not control, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to live and work in the world, our players' contracts are not enough for them to live and work realistically, have a family and make a career. just playing cricket "