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List of South Africa-born cricketers who played for other countries

Here is the list of players who were born in South Africa but played for other countries.

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Ryan ten Doeschate
Ryan ten Doeschate. (Photo Source: Twitter)

One of the best cricket-playing countries in the globe has historically been South Africa. World-class cricketers like AB de Villiers, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock and many others have come from the rainbow nation. However, there have been many players who tried their best to break into the South African cricket team.

Unfortunately, due to cut-throat competition in the domestic set-up of Cricket South Africa, several talented found it too hard to make the cut to the national side. Furthermore, if the competition aspect was not enough, there was also an issue of the quota system to which several players disagreed and showed their disappointment. Hence they decided to move to other countries to pursue their dream of playing international cricket and succeeded as well. 

Here is the list of South Africa-born cricketers who represented other countries:

1. Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)

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Netherlands batsman Ryan Ten Doeschate. (Photo by DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the most well-known faces from Netherlands cricket, Ryan ten Doeschate is widely regarded to be the best batter from Associate nations. He played 33 ODIs, scoring 1541 runs at an average of 67 with 5 centuries. Interestingly, Ryan ten Doeschate was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

However, he opted to play domestic cricket in England for Essex as he held EU citizenship. He also played in various T20 leagues, including the IPL, where he spent quite a few years at the Kolkata Knight Riders. He is currently the fielding coach of the KKR franchise.

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