Aged 21, Hong Kong’s Chris Carter ditches cricket for aviation dreams
Born in Hong Kong, Chris Carter broke into the national team in 2015. @Getty

Hong Kong wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Carter has decided to quit international cricket in order to pursue a career as a pilot.

Carter, 21, recently played for Hong Kong in the 2018 Asia Cup but has now stated his intention to return to the country of his origin, Australia, to join flight school in Adelaide.

“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 told the South China Morning Post. “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.”

Born in Hong Kong, Carter broke into the national team in 2015 and represented the country in 11 ODIs, 10 Twenty20 internationals and five first-class matches.

While for now his ambition is to fly commercial airlines for Cathay Pacific, Carter has not ruled out a return to playing cricket for Hong Kong, provided his potential aviation career allows it.