5 cricketers who played for unusual teams
These cricketers turned out for new teams away from home to add diversity in their career-graphs.
It’s always of interest in the cricket community when a player associated with one team decides to don the colours of another team. The circumstances and the reasons for such decisions and delving into the success or failure of these players who swapped teams for short spells in smaller domestic cricket circuits hold entertaining stories in themselves.
Be it for a break from the national team or to get back form or fitness, or to restart careers after retirement, this list takes a look at 5 such players who turned out in other local/foreign colours after having donned the jersey for their respective national teams.
It was in 2003 that Rahul Dravid represented the Scottish Saltires when he turned up to play in the county circuit for a period of 3 months. The then India coach John Wright had convinced Gwynne Jones, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Cricket Union, that Dravid, and not Tendulkar was the ideal player to have in the Scottish league : “The person who is really going to do things for you, on and off the field, is Rahul Dravid.”
Thus it was that Jammy accepted the offer and ended up playing 11 National Cricket League games and a one-off game against Pakistan in June 2003. Rahul Dravid had benefitted from his experience with Kent three years ago and had stated how it was important for him to commit to Scotland honestly and properly.
Though he failed to lead the Scottish club to victory, managing only a single win out of the 12 matches he played in, but his sublime form resulted in a superb individual performance throughout his time with Scotland where he scored three centuries and amassed 600 runs at an average of 66.66.