5 international players who have played for more than 20 teams
Players like Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi have been playing since the 90s and have represented more than 20 teams in their careers.
There have been a lot of players who have played cricket for several years, representing a club, a state or a country. However, with so many different leagues and divisions and a whole lot of cricket being played throughout the year, it’s not impossible to think that some of the cricketers may have turned out for more than one team.
However what is amazing is the insane record of those players who have been members of several cricket teams throughout their career. It takes a lot of skill and determination to adapt to different forms of the game in different countries and playing in different cultures, but some players have managed to overcome such hurdles and have added different teams to their career experience, which definitely says a lot about their endurance and love for the game.
Here’s taking a pick of 5 players who have plied their trade for at least 20 different teams.
#1 Shahid Afridi
One of the most colourful and entertaining figures of the cricketing world, Shahid Afridi has been around long enough to have added innumerable teams to his resume. With his flamboyant character and being the inspiration behind hordes of internet memes and trolls, Afridi has quite a parallel image as the Zlatan of Cricket. Afridi has recently played for the Sylhet Super Stars in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League and has also joined his country’s first major T20 league.
Having announced retirement and returned back to the game a number of times, Afridi, through the years, has represented the Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Hampshire, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Region Blues, Kent, Melbourne Renegades, Northamptonshire, Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistanis, Peshawar Zalmi, Ruhuna Royals, Sind, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Sylhet Super Stars and many other teams.
He is one of the few players who, at times in his career, has hogged the no.3 position as a pinch-hitter. Since 1997 Afridi has also turned out for Habib Bank Limited, and in his career, has played domestic cricket for teams of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and even Grigualand West.
His highest score of 164 in first class cricket came while playing for Leicestershire. Afridi continues to hold numerous cricket records but the colourful Lala has also been a part of numerous controversies throughout his life including being banned for deliberately damaging the pitch.