International cricket is the ultimate goal for every cricketer. While there are now many cricketers are playing professional cricket, only a little number of them have fulfilled their dream to successfully participate in international cricket.
There are also some desperate cricketers in international cricket, who left their country to pursue their dream to successfully play in international cricket, and ultimately they managed to reach their goal.
Here we are talking about the top five cricketers who left their country due to lack of opportunities and represented other nations:
Former England and Ireland international cricketer Ed Joyce changed his country twice to earn better opportunities. After strongly representing for Ireland in some List A matches, Irish-born Joyce first moved to England in 2005 with the desire of playing international cricket, especially Test cricket.
Though Joyce made his international debut for England in 2006, he played 19 limited-overs international matches (17 ODIs and two T20Is) for England, where he failed to impress everyone due to his inconsistent performances. After playing 19 limited-overs matches for England, the left-handed batsman Joyce scored 472 runs (average 26.22), including one ODI century and three ODI half-centuries. He also played five matches for England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
Though Joyce was hoping to extend his international career for England, he didn’t get any further opportunity. Finally, in March 2010, Joyce decided to return to the Ireland team.
Since 2011, Joyce played 78 international matches for Ireland, including participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 & 2015 and ICC World T20 2012 & 2014. In May 2018, Joyce was one of the members of Ireland’s first Test-playing XI (against Pakistan in Dublin, Malahide), which was also his last international match.