It’s no secret that pro athletes have a hard time transitioning to life after retirement. That’s why many cricket players often like to stay involved in the sport in some way, whether through commentating or coaching, or even playing a charity game now and then. But other players look forward to retirement, and pursue careers involving their other passions. The following will look back on a few well known cricket players’ careers, and see what they’ve been up to during retirement.
Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, retired from international cricket more than a decade ago. He still played other forms of cricket for years after, not fully retiring from the sport until 2013. During his career, he played for the Australian National Cricket Team, Victoria team, Hampshire team, Rajasthan Royals, and the Melbourne Stars. He also won many awards, including the Wisden Cricketers of the Year honor in 1994 and the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1997 and 2004. He is an extremely skilled bowler, and is considered to be one of the best in cricket history.
Following his retirement, Warne decided to switch gears and focus on pursuing a career in commentating and spending more time with his family. As a commentator, Warne worked for the Nine Network in Australia, among others. He even hosted a variety show, “Warnie,” for a brief period of time, where he interviewed a wide range of people such as cricket players and singers.
In his spare time, Shane Warne also likes to play poker, like many athletes. After his retirement from international cricket, he refined his strategy and began playing poker professionally. He has traveled the world playing in various tournaments, and continues to play to this day.
Akram, a Pakistani cricketer, is frequently regarded as one of the best left-arm fast bowlers in the history of the game. He played for Hampshire, Pakistan International Airlines, Lancashire, Lahore, and Pakistan Automobiles Corporation during his career. He is in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and currently has the record for the most wickets (881) in List A cricket.
After retiring, Akram began focusing on part-time commentating and coaching, and continues to do both to this day, in addition to focusing on time with his family. He has served as a sports commentator for networks like ESPN Star Sports in addition to events like the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup and the the 2011 ICC World Cup, among others. Over the years, Akram has coached youths in fast bowling camps in Pakistan, and he has coached for teams like the Multan Sultans and Islamabad United.
Another Australian bowler, McGrath is also considered to be one of the best bowlers in the history of the sport. For most of his career, he played for the New South Wales team, but he also briefly played for the Worcestershire and Middlesex teams. He retired from international cricket in 2007 following the Cricket World Cup, and currently holds the record for wickets achieved at the Cup at 71 wickets. He later joined the Delhi Daredevils until 2010, when he officially retired from all forms of cricket.
As for his life after cricket, McGrath has dabbled in various careers and hobbies. He enjoys spending time with his family and getting outdoors, whether to be in nature or go hunting. He is also the cofounder and president of the McGrath Foundation, which is a charity that focuses on breast cancer awareness. More recently, he has been working at the MRF Pace Foundation, where he spends his time training young Indian bowlers.
Although the above players might be retired, that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t come out of retirement. Many players — and athletes of all types — frequently play a game now and then for a worthy cause, or even because they miss playing. But that’s also why a lot of former cricketers turn to coaching, whether long term or short term. Regardless, after a long and successful career, it seems like these cricketers are enjoying their retirement.