When one door closes, God opens another door. This phrase is apt for the players mentioned in this list. Some players who could not get the opportunity or didn’t enjoy success for their home country turned out to be the star performer for another country. They left their home nation to dedicate their cricket career and attain success for other nations.
Here, in this list, we have named six cricketers who found success in new homes:
The former prominent opening batsman for Sussex and Lancashire, Gehan Mendis, was born in Sri Lanka. He emigrated from his birthplace to England at the age of 12. So, he was eligible to play for both Sri Lanka and England but he chose to dedicate his cricket career to the country where he had grown up.
Mendis made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1974. He developed his skills while playing for Sussex and was named as the Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year for 1980. After playing 12 seasons for them, he joined Lancashire for the 1986 season.
In the 80s when the county had prominent fast and aggressive bowlers, he was considered as the best in facing quick bowling. He scored 40 hundreds among his 21,087 first-class runs for his two counties, as well as another 8,000 in one-day cricket. However, he didn’t get the opportunity to play for the England national cricket team.