Some of the greatest international cricketers today have arrived through some exquisite performances in the U-19 circuit. Among a host of cricketers who represented the nation as part of the junior team, a few get the nod due to their impressive showing. But a handful of them have a unique feature between their U19 career and international career.
Some cricketers have represented their country of origin when playing U-19 cricket but pledged their allegiance to a different nation for international cricket. Such men either make a move to a different region altogether due to lack of opportunities or some personal issues, which are the two most common reasons.
We take a look at five cricketers, who played international and U-19 cricket for different countries:
Imran Tahir is undeniably the best spin-bowler in white-ball cricket to emerge out of South Africa. As a Pakistani-born, he was part of their U-19 team, having also played in the U-19 World Cup 1998. Despite featuring for playing Pakistan A and Pakistan U-19, Tahir couldn’t find a spot in the national team.
Imran Tahir became a resident of South Africa in 2005 and made his debut for the Proteas in 2011. The leg-spinner has an impressive limited-overs record, having taken 173 wickets in 107 ODIs and 63 scalps in 35 T20Is. After the 2019 World Cup, the 41-year old retired from ODIs; however, declared his intention to keep playing the shortest format.