5 cricketers who moved to other countries in recent years


The game of cricket is one of the most widely acclaimed sports in the world. Fans don’t wish to leave even a single match of their country or favourite franchises in T20 leagues across the globe. Some nations are developed well enough in this sense and offer their cricketers a great chance and exposure in the country. On the other hand, many players don’t receive proper chances in their nations. They tend to change their countries to have a better future.

Let’s see five such cases where cricketers moved to other countries in search of greener pastures:

1. Morne Morkel


South African fast bowler Morkel has been one of the most vital cogs for his country. He led the Proteas pace attack for a long time, representing them in 247 international matches across three formats. He also has 544 wickets to his name, and 309 of them came in the longest format. Last month, Morkel became a permanent resident of Australia and has been signed by Brisbane Heat as a local talent for the 2020-21 BBL.

2. Corey Anderson


Kiwi cricketer Corey Anderson won many hearts with his amazing performances with the BlackCaps for many years. His all-round potential pulled the team out of the crunch spots on many occasions. He even helped the Mumbai Indians qualify for the playoffs in 2014 with his thrilling knock of 95. However, he wasn’t receiving many international chances with the team of late. Hence, Anderson signed a 3-year deal with USA’s league cricket, and his fianceé is also from the same country.

3. Anshuman Rath

Anshuman Rath

Former Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath grabbed the spotlight when his team gave India a tough competition in the Asia Cup 2018. He played a stunning knock with opener Nizakat Khan. However, it proved to be his last ODI outing with the country, and he turned to India for better exposure. Vidarbha has registered Rath as local talent, and he has moved to Nagpur in Maharashtra.

4. Usman Qadir

Pakistani leggie Usman Qadir recently marked his ODI debut against Zimbabwe and scalped eight wickets for his nation. In between, he wished to represent Australia, and coach Darren Berry motivated him to move to their soil. He played for Western Australia in the domestic circuit but again returned to Pakistan as his father wanted to see him only in national colours. He is part of the Pakistan squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour.

5. Sami Aslam – USA

Former Test cricketer Sami Aslam has represented Pakistan in 13 Test matches and four ODIs. He amassed 758 Test runs, including seven half-centuries. But Aslam didn’t get a chance to play for his country after the 2017 Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai. He also marked his last ODI appearance in 2016. Recently, he made his intentions clear of moving to the USA as he was in a rift with his domestic team Southern Punjab.