Before 1975, there was no such championship as Cricket World Cup but as it took place for the very first time in England , it got into the trend. Every young boy started wanted to be a cricketer and represent his country in the World Cup.
Representing your own country at the international level in World Cup is a very special feeling, one that remains with those players for an eternity. To be one of the top fifteen cricketers of the country is always a matter of great pride and although some legendary cricketers could never make it because of their status as Test players whereas many managed to make the most of the opportunity they got.
When representing one country in the Cricket World Cup is very special, how they would have been felt to represent two international teams in the ultimate championship ?
Here we have some cricketers who played in cricket’s most elite tournament from two different teams during their career.
Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Wessels settled in Australia to play for them with the apartheid struggle keeping his home country away from cricket. Former South African captain Kepler Wessels was a fine batsman & and after completing his cricketing career, he settled in broadcasting and found great success.He ended up playing 24 Tests for Australia before coming back to his home country and captained South Africa in Tests and ODIs. He stamped his authority on two of the finest Test playing nations of all time, with over 6,000 International runs to his name.
He represented Australia in the 1983 World Cup shortly after his debut and captained the “New South Africa” in the 1992 edition.
He made his ODI debut in 1991 against Pakistan and also played five Test matches for his country West Indies.There was no inadequacy in talent for the Barbados fast bowler Anderson Cummins, but he was always sidelined because there were better speedsters like Courtney Walsh and Sir Curtley Ambrose. After struggling to keep his place, he played county cricket for a couple of years.
He played six games in the 1992 World Cup. He later moved to Canada in 1996 and it took him 11 years to get back to International cricket. In early 2007, after getting picked for a Tri-series for Canadian side, the pacer was included in the Canadian World Cup squad that year. He announced his retirement after later the World Cup.
Ireland & England shared quite a few cricketers over the past, but one of the most prominent ones was Ed Joyce. He made a surprise appearance in the English 2007 World Cup squad having spent some months in England, after having kickstarted his Ireland in 2006. He was also a part of the infamous 2006/07 Ashes side, where England got whitewashed 5-0.
Joyce got special permission from the ICC World Cup with Ireland in 2011, since he has been dropping down the pecking order for selection with England. He was a part of the Irish XI that famously defeated England in Bangalore, chasing a mammoth 328-run target. In May 2018, before announcing his retirement, He also played Ireland’s first ever Test against Pakistan.
England’s highest run-scorer & most-capped player in ODIs, Eoin Morgan is already an English legend who built a squad which is touted as the finest the Three Lions ever had in the shortest format. He captained England in 2015 and doing so in 2019 World Cup too. In World Cup 2011, He played having had to replace an injured player Kevin Pietersen.
Before the brilliant stuff with England, the Dublin-born cricketer went on to represent his home country Ireland in 23 ODIs and was a part of the 2007 World Cup squad. He was in the XI for the side when they famously defeated Pakistan in the group stages. After the World Cup, he sailed to England.
One more very popular name in this list is former English batsman Graeme Hick who made his mark for both the countries he played. His career began with his home country Zimbabwe and in the 1983 World Cup, he played for them shortly after his debut. He played for Zimbabwe till 1986 and later made his debut for England in 1991 before going on to play 10 years of International cricket with them.
He represented England in three World Cups in 1992, 1996 and 1999, reaching the final famously in 1992. He was one of the legends of domestic cricket, being one among three cricketers to score over 20,000 runs in List A cricket and one among 25 cricketers with 100 First-class centuries. One of the cult figures of English county cricket, he announced his retirement in 2001.