5 cricketers who played U-19 WC and T20 WC for 2 different countries

The T20 World Cup is the largest T20I tournament in the world. Almost every professional cricketer dreams of representing their country at a flagship event at least once in their career.

Before playing international cricket at senior level, cricketers have to prove themselves at U-19 level. Several superstars like Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and others first played in the U-19 World Cup and then represented their nations in the senior team .

Whilst the above names played for the same team at the U-19 World Cup and T20 World Cup, here is a list of five cricketers who have represented two different nations at these tournaments.


Roelof van der Merwe, member of the Netherlands No.1 squad at the 2022 T20 World Cup

Roelof van der Merwe has played for both South Africa and the Netherlands (Image: Getty) \New Zealand vs India - ODI: Game 1
Roelof van der Merwe has played for both South Africa and the Netherlands (Image: Getty) \New Zealand vs India – ODI: Game 1

Experienced all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe is one of the oldest players competing in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup. He is a member of the Netherlands squad for the ongoing mega event.

Many fans know that van der Merwe played for his native country South Africa in the early stages of his career. He donned the Proteas jersey at the 2004 U-19 World Cup, scoring three wickets and 129 runs in five games.

He made a few appearances for South Africa in the senior team before receiving a Dutch passport in 2015.


#2 Imran Tahir

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Imran Tahir played for Pakistan at the 1998 U-19 World Cup. However, he failed to make it into the senior Pakistan team. A few years later he moved to South Africa and then represented the Proteas at international level.

Tahir played for South Africa in the 2014 and 2016 editions of the T20 World Cup. He had a successful campaign in 2014 while finishing with 12 wickets in five games on an economy of 6.55.


#3 Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter played for England in the 2010 edition of the mega event (Image: Getty)
Craig Kieswetter played for England in the 2010 edition of the mega event (Image: Getty)

Former England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter was part of the nation’s winning team at the 2010 T20 World Cup. In fact, he was Player of the Match in the final against Australia. Kieswetter’s 63/49 shot helped the Three Lions win their first ICC title.

Just four years before winning the title with England, Kieswetter had played for South Africa at the 2006 U-19 World Cup.


#4 Grant Elliott

Grant Elliott is considered one of the best all-rounders for New Zealand (Picture: Getty)
Grant Elliott is considered one of the best all-rounders for New Zealand (Picture: Getty)

Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott donned the Blackcaps jersey at the 2016 T20 World Cup. He tallied 27 runs and took three wickets for New Zealand in that competition.

Elliott played for South Africa at the 1998 U-19 World Cup. Interestingly, he played a game-changing shot for New Zealand against South Africa in the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup.


#5 Eoin Morgan

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Former England captain Eoin Morgan led the England squad at the 2016 and 2021 editions of the T20 World Cup. Under his leadership, England finished second in 2016.

Morgan represented Ireland at two U-19 World Cups in 2004 and 2006. A few years later he moved to England and won the T20 World Championship title with the English team in 2010.

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