Ryan Campbell became the oldest player to make his Twenty20 International debut today by appearing for Hong Kong in the first Qualifier of ICC World Twenty20 2016. At the age of 44 years 30 days, Campbell surpassed UAE’s Mohammad Tauqir – who was 43 years 176 days old on debut.
Campbell played the last of his two ODIs for Australia 15 years back after making his first-class debut for Western Australia in 1994-95 in Australia’s domestic circuit and ended his first-class career in January 2006 with 6,009 runs from 98 matches, which included 11 centuries. He also played in 105 List ‘A’ matches and hit 2,286 runs.
Campbell had not played any competitive cricket since hanging his boots, but he came into focus after he hit 303 not out off 107 balls for Kowloon Cricket Club in 2014. He could not play in the Asia Cup because of work commitments, but managed things to participate in the biggest event in this format….and with a world record against his name!
Here are the details of oldest players making their Twenty20 International debut. Rahul Dravid’s is a curious case as his first Twenty20 International was also his last Twenty20 International. Pakistan’s Rafatullah Mohmand holds the record of being the oldest on Twenty20 debut for a Test-playing nation.
by Rajneesh Gupta
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