Fans slam PCB after story of Pakistan cricketer turning driver goes viral on social media
The story of Pakistani first-class cricketer Fazal Subhan's struggles after the abolishment of departmental cricket in the country went viral on social media on Saturday. Subhan, who once had a promising future lying ahead of him, now drives a mini pickup truck to earn a living. His story was shared by a Pakistani journalist on Twitter with a video where the 31-year-old can be seen driving his mini pickup.
Many local domestic cricketers like Subhan are currently struggling to make ends meet after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s decision to abolish departmental cricket in a bid to revamp the cricketing structure in the country. The decision was met with criticism from all corners. However, the PCB is yet to forge out a proper plan to help out the local cricketers who are now left to survive by doing odd jobs after losing their contracts.
In a video which went viral on Saturday, Subhan, who played for the Pakistan U-19 side, narrated his struggles and revealed how he now drives a pickup mini truck to sustain his family. He said the situation was the same for several other cricketers like him, who are struggling to make ends meet after the abolishment of departmental cricket.
“I worked so hard to play for Pakistan. During departmental cricket, we were drawing a salary of Rs100,000 but since the departments have shut down we are down to Rs30,000-35,000, which is not enough to survive. I am grateful that at least I have this job right now because the way things are, who knows if I would even have this tomorrow. We have no choice; we have to do something for our children," Subhan tells the reporter.
“Yes, I drive this (pickup) for bhara (fare). This is seasonal work. Some days there is a lot of work, and sometimes there is nothing for 10 days," he adds. The video was shared by Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez on Twitter, who slammed the PCB for their new rules and stated that thousands of cricketers have been left unemployed. Fans on Twitter also reacted to the viral video and expressed their sympathy with Subhan.
Heres how Twitter reacted after Fazal Subhan's video went viral:
SAD STORY OF— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) October 11, 2019
Fazal Subhan was the player of HBL, he has played U19 & A side cricket for Pakistan, he was contender of Pak Test team,
After closing of Departmental cricket he is driving drive
“BHARE KE SUZUKI”
His salary was 1 lac & now earning is less then 40k
So sad Really , Like him & Many others r suffering, New system wil look after 200 players but 1000s of crickters & management staff r Unemployed bcos of this new model , I dont know who wil take the responsibility of this unemployment of cricket fraternity, for all the victims https://t.co/SaQfAKVFU2— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) October 12, 2019
It’s really a sad story...heart breaking— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) October 11, 2019
he played in an u19 series against Virat Kohli. One is a multi millionaire, and one is doing this. So sad.— Haroon (@hazharoon) October 11, 2019
closing departmental cricket without providing alternative for the grass root cricketers not a good idea. Talented players from poor families won’t have future in the cricket anymore— MZI (@ShaeQ) October 11, 2019
can you please somehow narrate this to the PCB representatives. this is a horrible news.— Zunair (@ZBS_1992) October 11, 2019
Sad to see this— Ali Gohar Mazari (@goharmazari) October 11, 2019
Subhan played 40 First-Class matches amassing 2301 runs at an average of 32.87 including five centuries and eleven fifties. He also played 29 List A games scoring 659 runs at an average of 23.53 in Pakistan.