5 cricketers who changed their countries in recent years

5 cricketers who changed their countries in recent years

Seeing the development of cricket in other nations, the cricketers who do not receive proper opportunities in their home country, or the associate cricketers who wish to have a better future, consider changing their countries.

Anshuman Rath
Anshuman Rath. (Photo by Nigel Roddis – IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Cricket is one of the most-followed sports across the planet, with almost every country having its team now. Thanks to the ICC’s constant efforts, many new nations have progressed on the cricket field. Recently, Japan, Nigeria, and Thailand appeared at ICC events and competed with the top-level teams.

So, currently, there are two types of cricket-playing nations. The first group is of the Test-playing nations. These countries have a proper cricketing structure and immense talent. On the other side, the second group is of the associate members. Many associate nations are taking giant strides in the cricket world.

Seeing the development of cricket in other nations, the cricketers who do not receive proper opportunities in their home country, or the associate cricketers who wish to have a better future, consider changing their countries.

In this listicle, we will have a look at the five cricketers who changed their countries in recent years

1. Morne Morkel – Australia

Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel. (Photo Source: Twitter)

South African speedster Morne Morkel led the Proteas fast bowling attack for many years in the global arena. The right-arm quick represented the rainbow nation in 247 international matches across the three formats. Morkel scalped 544 wickets, with 309 of them coming in Test cricket.

The 36-year-old also played 70 IPL matches, picking up 77 wickets. Morkel represented the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Rajasthan Royals, and the Delhi Capitals. Notably, he received the Purple Cap award for his 25 wickets in the IPL 2012 season.

Recently, Morne Morkel became a permanent resident of Australia. Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat signed him as a local player for the previous season. Morkel is married to Australian sports broadcaster Roz Kelly and has two children. Thus, he gained permanent residency in Australia.