Born in Pakistan but played for another country, one of these led to defeat in T20 WC

Orhan Wadia
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New Delhi. There have been some cricketers who played senior level cricket for a country other than their country of birth. They took this decision keeping in mind better opportunities for their career. Among these cricketers, the number of players born in Pakistan and India is quite high. The number of players of Pakistani and Indian origin is quite high among the 'new' teams participating in the T20 World Cup 2024. Among these countries, the teams of Canada, USA and Oman are prominent.

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Talking about the T20 World Cup, some cricketers born in Pakistan have not only been part of big teams but have also played against their country's team. Prominent among these players are Usman Khawaja who plays for Australia, Owais Shah who plays for England, Imran Tahir who plays for South Africa and Sikandar Raza who plays for Zimbabwe. England team members Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali may not have been born in Pakistan but their parents are of Pakistani origin.

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Let's take a look at the prominent cricketers who were born in Pakistan but played for other countries.

Khawaja scored 21 runs against Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2016

Australia's left-handed opening batsman Usman Khawaja was born in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Later his parents moved to Australia in the hope of better job opportunities. In 2011, Usman became the first Muslim player to play for Australia. 37-year-old Khawaja is not part of the Australian team participating in the T20 World Cup 2024, but he was a member of the Australian team in the 2016 T20 World Cup held in India. In 4 matches of the tournament, Khawaja scored 143 runs at an average of 35.75, with the highest score being 58 runs which he scored against Bangladesh.

During this period, this Australian cricketer of Pakistani origin played matches against Bangladesh, India, New Zealand and Pakistan. In the match against Pakistan in Mohali on 25 March (Australia vs Pakistan), he scored 21 runs with the help of three fours and a six. With the help of James Faulkner's 5 wickets, Australia was successful in winning this match by 21 runs.

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45-year-old Imran Tahir was also born in Lahore, Pakistan. Leg spinner Tahir also represented the Pakistan team in the Under 19 World Cup, but fell in love with South African girl of Indian origin Sumaya Didar and came to this country and then got married and settled here. He has been an important member of the South African cricket team in all three formats. Imran, who played 20 Tests, 107 ODIs and 38 T20 matches for South Africa, was part of the South African team in the 2014 and 2016 World Cups. During this, he took 18 wickets for 214 runs in 9 matches at an excellent average of 11.88 and economy of 5.94.

During the T20 World Cup 2014, he took 12 wickets in five matches at an average of 10.91 and in the T20 World Cup 2016, he took six wickets in five matches at an average of 13.83. Imran Tahir's best performance in the T20 World Cup was four wickets for 21 runs (vs Netherlands, 2014). However, he did not get a chance to play a match against his country Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.

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Owais played two World Cups, scored 33 runs against Pakistan

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Like Usman Khawaja and Imran Tahir, Owais Shah was also born in Karachi, Pakistan, but played international cricket for England. Owais also led the England team (Under-19) that toured South Africa at the junior level. He made his senior debut for England against Australia in June 2001. Owais played six Tests, 71 ODIs and 17 T20Is for England between 2001 and 2009, although he has no major achievements to his name apart from a century in ODIs. Owais was part of the England squad in the 2007 and 2009 T20 World Cups and scored 209 runs in 10 matches at an average of 20.90, with 38 being his highest score.

In T20 World Cup 2007 Shah scored 103 runs (highest 36) in 5 matches at an average of 20.60, while in 2009 World Cup he scored 106 runs in 5 matches at an average of 21.20. During T20 World Cup 2009 he played a match against his birth country Pakistan (England vs Pakistan) on 7 June and scored 33 runs in 32 balls. England won this match at Oval by 48 runs thanks to the 'triple' performance of Man of the Match Luke Wright (34 runs in 16 balls, one wicket and two catches).

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Pakistani-origin Sikandar Raza is included in the Zimbabwe team participating in the T20 World Cup 2024. 38-year-old Sikandar is an important player for Zimbabwe and has been the pillar of many important victories of the team. Right-handed batsman and offbreak bowler Sikandar Raza was born on 24 April 1986 in Sialkot, Pakistan. In childhood, Sikandar's dream was to become a fighter plane pilot instead of cricket. He passed the exam for this and also took admission in Air Force College, but failed in the 'Eye Test' in the third year and his dream was shattered. Later Sikandar moved to Zimbabwe where his parents were living since 2002. After his dream of becoming a fighter pilot was shattered, he worked hard and became a top-class cricketer. Sikandar Raza, who was a member of the Zimbabwe team in all three formats, played 17 Tests, 142 ODIs and 86 T20 matches. He scored 1187 runs and 34 wickets with the help of one century in Test matches, 4154 runs and 88 wickets with the help of seven centuries in ODIs and 1947 runs and 60 wickets with the help of 14 half-centuries in T20 matches.

Sikandar has played the 2014, 2016 and 2022 T20 World Cups and has taken 13 wickets in addition to scoring 278 runs in 14 matches. He has taken two wickets in addition to scoring 32 runs in 3 matches of T20 World Cup 2014, one wicket in addition to scoring 27 runs in 3 matches of T20 World Cup 2016 and 10 wickets in addition to scoring 219 runs in eight matches of T20 World Cup 2022. In the history of T20 World Cup, Zimbabwe's team reached the second round in 2022 itself, in which Sikandar had an important contribution. Not only this, he was the Man of the Match by performing brilliantly in the moments of pressure in the match against his native country Pakistan (Zimbabwe vs Pakistan). On 27 October 2022, in the Perth match, Zimbabwe scored 130 runs for 8 wickets. In reply, the Pakistani innings, which was moving strongly towards the target at 88 runs for 4 wickets at one time, had a dramatic collapse and the team could only score 129 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Babar Azam's team lost the match by 1 run and Sikandar Raza, who took 3 wickets for 25 runs in 4 overs, became the man of the match.

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