Cricket is one of the most talked-about and popular sports in the world. All cricketers dream of representing their national team at the highest level. In order to make the starting XI, players usually play T20 cricket. A player who performs well in the IPL is likely to earn a call-up to the Indian team.
Franchise cricket leagues give young players a chance to showcase their skills. Talented local players then represent their countries in cricket. There are times, however, when some cricketers do not often make the playing XI, they look for options outside.
They look for opportunities to play for another country in order to gain more playing time. Recently, some star cricketers have chosen to represent the United States of America.
Cricket must be included in the Olympics in 2028, according to the International Cricket Council. The USA wants to maintain their dominance in the Olympics by giving opportunities to cricketers who have been rejected previously.
Reports indicate that two of the banned Sri Lankan cricketers are willing to move to the USA and play cricket. Many players these days don’t hesitate to go the USA route if they see no future at home. Here, we will take a look at the best playing XI who moved to the United States.
Sunny Sohal, a batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore, has decided to move to the United States. Having played three T20Is for his country, he will open this team’s innings.
Former Indian cricketer Unmukt Chand has moved to the United States. Under Unmukt Chand’s leadership, India’s U-19 team won the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup.
Sami Aslam, a former Pakistani international, will take the third spot. Due to a lack of opportunities in Pakistan, he moved to the United States. For Pakistan, he played 13 Tests and four ODIs. Smit Patel bats at No.4 and is a wicketkeeper-batsman.
In 2012, he was also an important member of India’s U-19 World Cup-winning squad. He has also moved to the United States in addition to playing in the Caribbean Premier League.
The list includes all-rounders Shehan Jayasuriya (SL), Corey Anderson (NZ), Ian Holland and Dane Piedt (SA). Shehan will bat at No.5 as a batting all-rounder. He played 12 ODIs and 18 T20Is for Sri Lanka.
In addition, Jayasuriya scored 11 first-class centuries. Anderson played for New Zealand at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Piedt took 26 wickets in 9 Tests for the Proteas.
Ian Holland represented Victoria in domestic cricket in Australia. Despite this, he now plays for the USA and has played in eight ODIs.
Cameron Stevenson is a right-handed fast-medium bowler. He represented Tasmania and Melbourne Renegades in Australia. For the United States of America, he took 12 wickets in seven ODIs.
In addition to Juan Theron, France has also signed the former Proteas runner. Meanwhile, he will be paired with former Rajasthan Royals pacer Siddharth Trivedi.