5 Cricketers Who Played for Two Countries

In this Democratic world of Cricket it is possible to play for more than one nation but not at the same time. Cricketers have to represent only one country in one competition, though the cricketer is free to represent any Nation in terms of Residency, Work or Motherhood. Here are 5 Cricketers who represented more than one country in their cricket career.

Cricketers Who Played for Two Countries

5. Eoin Morgan (Ireland 2006-09) (England 2009–16)


Morgan made his One Day International debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European Championships against Scotland. He fell one run short of a century, scoring 99 before he was run out. It was the first time in ODI history that a player had been dismissed for 99 on debut. Only two other batsmen passed 20 as Ireland beat Scotland by 85 runs. His maiden ODI hundred came not long after, on 4 February 2007 against Canada in Nairobi

Morgan also quoted the Sunday Times that since childhood he wanted to represent England and it would be a pride’. On 16 August 2008, Morgan represented the England Lions in a list A match against the touring South Africans. He scored 47* in an unbeaten partnership of 113 with Samit Patel in the course of England Lions securing a six-wicket victory.

This Left handed Batsmen from Irish origin currently captains the England national cricket team in One Day Internationals and Twenty 20 International.

4. Dirk Nannes(Netherlands 2009)(Australia 2009-10)


Dirk Nanness is a professional cricketer who has played internationally for both Australia and the Netherlands, one of the few players to represent multiple international teams

Nannes was eventually called up to the Victorian Bushrangers side in early 2006, where he made his first-class and List A debuts. He had the ability to bowl more than 150km/hr speed On Wednesday 11 November 2008 it was announced that Nannes was selected for the Netherlands cricket squad to play the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament in South Africa and the very next was signed for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

In a strange turn of events, Nannes was called up to the Australian T20I team in August 2009, just two months after making his debut for the Netherlands. A one-day international debut followed that same month where Nannes picked up 1/20 against Scotland. Nannes played for Australia in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies; Nannes played against Pakistan on 2 May 2010 at St Lucia and he took 3 wickets for 41 runs in his allocated overs, he was unbeaten batting for 0 runs facing one ball.

3. Ed Joyce (England 2006-10) (Ireland 2012-14)


Joyce played a number of matches for Ireland in the ICC Trophy, averaging over 70 The leading run scorer for the Irish however the very next year Joyce was selected by England’s chairman of selectors, David Graveney, to be in the Test squad for the 2006/2007 Ashes series, in place of Marcus Trescothick, who withdrew, suffering from a stress-related illness.

While he was scoring strongly for Sussex during 2009, Joyce had high hopes of breaking back into the England team. However, he was overlooked and by March 2010 was considered representing Ireland once again. Joyce explained his choice to return to Irish colours

2. Van Der Merwe (South Africa 2009-10) (Netherlands 2015)


Van der Merwe was selected in the South Africa Twenty20 squad for their two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia in March 2009. In the second of these, he made his full debut, top scoring with 48 from 30 balls an innings that included four sixes, and taking a maiden international wicket of David Hussey he was awarded man of the match. After this performance he was added to the squad for the One Day International series as cover for Jacques Kallis, van der Merwe made his ODI debut in the second match of the series at SuperSport Park, he bowled five wicketless overs and wasn’t required to bat.

On 2015, Van der Merwe secured a Dutch passport and was selected to play against Nepal in four match series. He was also selected for 2015 World T20 Qualifier after Vivian Kingma pulled out. He made his T20I debut for the Netherlands against Nepal on 3 July 2015 and now officially a Dutch international

1. Luke Ronchi (Australia 2008-09) (NewZealand 2013-16)


Ronchi made his debut on home soil for the Aussies in a Twenty20 match at the MCG against the South Africans as a wicketkeeper when Haddin was rested from the team.

In February 2012, Ronchi announced his intention to return to New Zealand in an attempt to qualify for the national team. He signed with Wellington in March 2012, and made his Plunket Shield debut on 18 March against Central Districts, scoring a century, 111, on debut for the team.

In April 2013, Ronchi was selected by the New Zealand cricket board as part of the limited-overs squad for the New Zealand tour of England the following month. He made his debut for the team on 31 May 2013 at Lord’s, scoring a duck and taking three catches. He thus became the first player to play international cricket for both Australia and New Zealand, 8th player in ODI history and the first since Kepler Wessels (Australia and South Africa) in the 1980s to play for two full members of the International Cricket Council.

In January 2015, Ronchi hit an unbeaten 170 off 99 balls against Sri Lanka at University Oval in Dunedin. This was the highest by a batsman batting seventh or lower in ODIs, and also the third-highest score by a wicket-keeper, behind M. S. Dhoni’s 183 not out and Adam Gilchrist’s 172.