5 cricketers who represented two countries in T20Is

While changing nationality is a common phenomenon in football, it is not that frequent in cricket but it (cricket) too has witnessed a few instances when a player has played for two different nations.

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Dirk Nannes
Australian cricketer Dirk Nannes (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

While changing nationality is a very common phenomenon in football, it is not that frequent in cricket but it (cricket) too has witnessed several instances where a player has represented two different nations. Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain (of England) is arguably the best example of players, who have represented two nations.

However, the recently retired cricketer never played a T20I for Ireland and thus, doesn’t feature in the list.

The primary reason behind players switching their nationality is that it keeps their hope of playing high-quality cricket and getting opportunities in international cricket alive. A lot of players, who originally belong to the associate nations do change their nationality because of the same.

List of five cricketers who played T20Is for two countries

5. Dirk Nannes

Speedster Dirk Nannes made his T20I debut for the Netherlands on June 5 in 2009 at Lord’s against England but spent majority of his T20I career while playing for Australia. The 46-year-old played in the 2009 T20 World Cup for the Netherlands but switched sides right after that.

Nannes, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, went on to play 15 T20Is for the Kangaroos. He picked up 27 wickets in the process and bowled at an economy of 7.60 in the shortest format of the game. He played most of his games against Pakistan (six), and picked up 11 wickets.

Meanwhile, in the two T20Is that he played for the Netherlands, he picked up just one wicket. Nannes played his last T20I match on October 31, 2010 against Sri Lanka at Perth, where he picked up one wicket in the three overs that he bowled.

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