Now is the season of cricket as the ICC World Cup 2019 is going now. Though, only a few matches have been take place till now but there are so many interesting facts about the players, teams and even about the World Cup itself are coming out. Here is an interesting fact about the players who belonged to England cricket team and have represented the same in the World Cup but are not English by birth.
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Kevin Pietersen switched from South Africa to England and it remains one of his most controversial moves. This move even left a bitter taste in the mouths of his many fans from South Africa. He had spent all his formative years in South Africa, but when it came to playing cricket and tha is at the highest level, he chose a distinct path because of South Africa's transformation charter for sport. It was no surprise then that Pietersen had an antipathetic equation with the South African players right through his career. He wouldn't complain though, considering he finished with more than 10,000 international runs for his adopted country.
Jonathan Trott’s journey is way too similar with that of Kevin Pieterson.
He was born in South Africa and had played for South Africa in the U-19 World Cup in 2000 and seemed on his way to a long international career in his native country. But frustration with the racial quota system in South Africa meant that he moved over to England. Though,He eventually had a relatively fruitful career, including playing for South Africa in the 2011 World Cup.
He was also from South Afrcia. And when it comes to Allan Lamb and the World Cup, the eternal memory is of his dismissal by Wasim Akram in the 1992 World Cup. But that would be doing disservice to a man who delivered consistently for England at a time when their approach to limited-overs cricket was fairly pedestrian. He was always proud of his South African roots and would have perhaps never left for England if not for their ban from international cricket at the time.
He was a Zimbabwean player and was a figure who enthralled and frustrated in equal measure. He was a plunderer of county attacks at his best, but he could never translate that into runs at the highest level. After enduring a seven-year wait to qualify for England, he played for them in three World Cups and yet his career is viewed with a lens of huge underachievement.
Eoin Morgan is the captain of England cricket team and initially he was a part of Ireland cricket team. There is a unique list of cricketers who have represented two different countries in World Cups and Eoin Morgan also belongs to that list. He started his career with Ireland and was part of the team which pulled off a famous upset against Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup.
These were the five players who have represented England in World Cup but are not English by birth.