Cricketers who played for two countries? Top 10 players

Can you believe the fact about cricketers who played for two countries in the past? Certain cricketers have played at the international level representing more than one nation.

In the 180-year history of International cricket, several players have contributed their services to both nations.

However, William Evans Midwinter was the first player in cricket history to play for two countries. Out of the 12 test matches in his career, he played 8 for Australia and 4 for England.

Following the path of Williams, a total of 32 cricketers have played for more than one nation in international cricket.

As a cricket fan, you might be excited to know the famous cricketers who played for two countries apart from William Evans.

Cricketers who played for two countries: From Eoin Morgan to Imran Tahir

Out of the 32 players, here is the list of the famous 10 cricketers who played for two countries:

1. Eoin Morgan: Ireland and England

The former England T20 and ODI captain Eoin Morgan played the first match for his home country Ireland. He is one of those cricketers who played for two countries and scored an ODI century for both sides.

Also, he was part of the Irish team which defeated Pakistan in the 2007 ODI World Cup. However, he joined the England cricket team in 2015 and transformed his side after the 2015 World Cup. He also became one of the most successful England captains in white-ball cricket.

2. Luke Ronchi: Australia and New Zealand

Though Luke Ronchi was born in Australia, he has grown up mostly in Australia.

He made his international debut against the West Indies and played a crucial role as a replacement for the injured Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Also, his 22-ball half-century against West Indies in St Kitts was the 3rd fastest ODI fifty by an Australian batsman.

Later, in 2013, Luke qualified to play in the New Zealand cricket team against the England series. Since then, he contributed as a full-time member of the ODI and T20I squads of New Zealand. 

3. Nawab of Pataudi: India and England

Iftikhar Ali Khan, known as the Nawab of Pataudi made his test debut for England against Australia in 1932. He is also known as the Iftikhar Ali Khan, who later made his test debut for India as a captain during the England tour in 1946.

Iftikhar Ali Khan is one of the rarest cricketers who played for two countries namely England and India. His son Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi followed his path by representing both England and India.

4. Kepler Wessels: Australia and South Africa

Kepler Wessels is the only cricketer to achieve 1000 runs in his test match career for both Australia and South Africa.

Wessels is among those cricketers who played for two countries and achieved huge success in 50 matches.

5. Mark Chapman: New Zealand and Hong Kong

Mark Chapman was born in Hong Kong and played a few matches for his home country. Also, he led his team in two matches of the ICC World Cup 2015 against the United Arab Emirates. Later, the left-handed batsman joined New Zealand and played his first match as a Kiwis player on 28th February 2018.

6. Ed Joyce: Ireland and England

The Irish batsman Ed Joyce competed in two World Cups by representing different teams namely Ireland (2003) and England (2007). He played for Ireland from 2001 to 2005. Later, he marked his ODI debut for England in 2006. 

7. Dirk Nannes: Netherlands and Australia

The Dutch bowler Dirk Nannes represented the Netherlands till the 2009 T20 World Cup. But, the Australian cricket team called him within two months of his international debut for the Netherlands. Nannes made his debut for Australia in August 2009.

8. Roelof van der Merwe: Netherlands and South Africa

The South African cricketer grew up in the Netherlands and made his first debut for South Africa as a spin bowler against Australia in 2009. Later, he represented the Netherlands and made his first debut against Nepal in 2015.

9. Jofra Archer: West Indies and England

Jofra Archer as a Caribbean fast bowler delivered a promising performance for West Indies in the Under-19 team. Due to a back injury, he was sidelined from the team for a long time.

However, he made his international debut for England in the T20I match against Pakistan in May 2019. Jofra is among those famous cricketers who played for two countries and particularly made an effective contribution to England. 

10. Imran Tahir: Pakistan and South Africa

Imran Tahir earlier represented the Pakistan Under-19 team. But, he failed to qualify for the senior men’s cricket team due to intense competition. After the 2011 World Cup, he moved to South Africa and contributed to many ODI matches.

Imran is one of the rarest Pakistan cricketers who played for two countries and became the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in World Cups.