Not every cricketer gets to play for the country of his birth. There could be many reasons for it. Either they moved citizenship or shifted to the adopted country when they were young. Ben Stokes is one such cricketer. Cricwizz takes a look at 10 cricketers who were born in one country but played for another.
The former England captain was born in Chennai, India. He was born to an Indian father and an English mother. The family shifted to England when Hussain was just 7 years old. Strangely, Hussain started as a leg-spin bowler but had to give up after he suddenly gained a foot in height when he was 15. He then moved to focus on batting. He flourished as a batsman and showed shrewd captaincy during his stint with the national team. He played 96 Tests for England, scoring 5764 runs @ 37.15 with 14 tons. He also played 88 ODIs, scoring 2332 runs @ 30.28 with 1 ton.
The former England captain was born at Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. He was born to an African father and an English mother. He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997. He was unhappy with South Africa’s racial quota system that denied him chances to play for the national team.
He moved to England in 2000. After serving a four-year qualifying period in county cricket, he was eligible to play for the national team. Pietersen went on to play 104 Tests for England, scoring 8181 runs with 23 tons. He also played 136 ODIs for England, scoring 4440 runs and 9 tons.
He was unceremoniously dropped by England selectors after 2013-14 Ashes. He was bluntly told that he would no longer be considered for England selection.
Morgan is the first England skipper to lead the national team to World Cup glory. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was born to an Irish father and an English mother. He played for Ireland initially, captaining the Irish in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup. He was even part of Ireland’s 2007 World Cup.
But he always wanted to play for England. He claimed then he had held a British passport since birth. He was named as England’s one of the 12th men in the 2007 Lord’s Test vs West Indies. One thing led to another and he went on to lead England to World Cup glory in 2019.
The South African spinner is known for his over-the-top celebration after taking a wicket. He was born at Lahore in Pakistan. He played his first-class cricket for Pakistan. But he could not make it to the next stage. He also played county cricket during that time. He is married to a South African woman. He became eligible to play for South Africa after completing his four-year stay there. He played for South Africa in 2011 World Cup. The death of spinners made selectors induct Tahir into the national squad as soon as he was eligible to play for them. He was one of their frontline spinners for South Africa, taking 173 wickets in 107 ODIs and 57 wickets in 20 Tests.
He is famous for hitting the winning six in 2015 World Cup semis against South Africa to help New Zealand enter their maiden final. He then won hearts, giving a helping hand to South African pacer Dale Steyn after the win.
He scored 84 not out to steer New Zealand into the final. It came against the country of his birth. Elliot was born in Johannesburg. He also top-scored for New Zealand in the final.
He managed just 83 ODIs, scoring 1976 runs @ 34.06 with 2 tons. He also played five Tests for New Zealand. But he is best remembered for his twin knocks in World Cup.
Andy Flower was considered one of the best keeper-batsmen of his time. He was born in Cape Town in South Africa. He played international cricket for Zimbabwe. He played 63 Tests and scored 4794 runs @ 51.54 with 12 tons and 27 fifties. He also played 213 ODIs, scoring 6786 runs @ 35.34 with 4 tons and 55 fifties.
He was known for his unorthodox batting – sweep, reverse sweep, paddle sweep to counter the spin in sub-continental conditions. He went on to coach England and has acquired British citizenship.
The Australian cricketer was born in Birmingham in England. He was adopted when he was just 3 months old. His adoptive parents moved to Australia shortly after his adoption.
Symonds had a successful limited-overs career for Australia. He played 198 ODIs for Australia, scoring 5088 runs @ 39.75 with 6 tons and 30 fifties. He also played 26 Tests for Australia, scoring 1462 runs @ 40.61 with 2 tons.
He was also a useful part-time off-spinner and a great athletic fielder. He was involved in the infamous ‘monkeygate’ scandal with Harbhajan Singh in 2007. Later, the two went on to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL.
England’s World Cup hero, Ben Stokes, was born at Christchurch in New Zealand. He moved to England at 12 after his father was appointed head coach of a rugby club in an English county. Although his family has shifted back to New Zealand in 2013, Stokes has stayed back to pursue cricket in England.
Stokes walked into record books as the bowler to concede four consecutive sixes in the last over of 2016 World Cup final before redeeming himself in 2019 World Cup. He also won an Ashes Test single-handedly this year.
He is rated as the best all-rounder in the world currently. He has scored 3479 runs @ 35.86 with 8 tons in 55 Tests. He has also taken 135 wickets in Tests. In ODIs, he has scored 2682 runs @ 40.63 with 3 tons in 95 matches. He has also taken 70 wickets in ODIs.
The former English cricketer was born at Cape Town in South Africa. He played for South Africa at both U-19 and U-15 levels. He belonged to a South African family of English descent. As he held a British passport, he was eligible to play county cricket as a local cricketer and then for the England national team.
He scored 3835 runs @ 44.08 in 52 Tests. He managed 2819 runs @ 51.25 in 68 ODIs. He left 2013 England’s Ashes tour midway, citing stress and anxiety. He retired from all forms of international cricket in 2015.
He was born at Sialkot in Pakistan. He had no cricketing plans. He wanted to become an air force pilot but after failing a mandatory vision test for selection, his dreams were shattered. He moved to Zimbabwe with his family.
He went to study for a bachelor’s degree in Scotland. In the university, he started playing semi-professional cricket when he realised his true calling. He became a T20 specialist before going on to play for Zimbabwe as a professional.
He has played 12 Tests for Zimbabwe, scoring 818 runs with 1 ton. He also played 2515 runs with 3 tons in 92 ODIs for Zimbabwe.