There are numerous players who have played the ICC Under-19 World Cup for one country but have donned the senior honours for another. The Ring Side View lists the 18 who have this rare feat. Please note that the first Junior World Cup was played back in 1988 and it was only resurrected ten years later in 1998.
(This list does not feature players who turned up for combined teams such as the ICC Associates or the Americas under-19s during the early editions.)
The former England left-arm quick turned up for Australia in the precursor to the ICC under-19 World Cup back in 1988, when it was christened the McDonald’s Bicentennial Youth World Cup. Mullally grew up in Australia and learnt all his cricket there before moving to England. He played 19 Tests and 50 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for England from 1996 to 2001.
Mullally’s England teammate Andy Caddick hailed from across the Tasman sea. Caddick played one match for New Zealand in the 1988 Youth World Cup. He rose through the ranks in England and played for them in 1993. He had a decade long international career, featuring in 62 Tests and 54 ODIs.
A talented left-handed batsman, Ed Joyce played for Ireland in the 1988 under-19 World Cup. In fact, Joyce was one of the critical factors in Ireland’s rise in the early 2000s. However, he committed to England and made his ODI debut for them, interestingly, against Ireland in 2006. Joyce never played Test cricket but represented England in the 2007 World Cup. He subsequently returned to play for Ireland and has represented them ever since. His shot at Test cricket will come a decade later as Ireland prepare for the longest format.
Amjad Khan turned up for Denmark in the 1998 under-19 World Cup in South Africa. He later graduated to play county cricket, winning international honours for England in 2009, which featured a Test match in the West Indies. Once he drifted out of the game in England, he returned to play for Denmark.
This is a fabled story in international cricket, of a man who travelled many miles to play sport. Imran Tahir was born in Pakistan and represented them in the tournament in 1998. It was then that his life changed as he met his future wife and in the years ahead, moved to South Africa and also played county cricket. In 2011, he qualified to play for South Africa and made his debut during the World Cup. Since then, he has become one of the leading spinners in limited-overs cricket.
It was an interesting setting when Tahir bowled to Grant Elliot in the 2015 World Cup semi-final. Back in 1998, Tahir played for Pakistan in the under-19 World Cup and Elliot turned up for South Africa. Fast forward 17 years, Elliot was playing for New Zealand and facing South Africa’s Imran Tahir. Elliot had moved to New Zealand in the 2000s and first played for them in 2008. He had a stop-start international career and is best remembered for his performances in the 2015 World Cup.
The dashing left-handed batsman made a name for himself in the shortest format and was a part of the England team that won the 2010 World T20. However, Michael Lumb was born in Zimbabwe and played his youth cricket in South Africa. He was Elliot’s teammate during the 1998 edition before moving to England to further his career.
In 2000, Graeme Smith and Jonathan Trott batted for South Africa in the under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. About nine years down the line, they were adversaries with Trott flying off to England to build his career. Trott first played T20 Internationals for England in 2007 and then returned during the Ashes 2009 to score a century on debut. He then formed a crucial part of England’s strong Test side, that tasted success all over the world.
Peter Borren has captained the Netherlands for years, forming an important part of their middle-order. He can also bowl useful seam-ups. However, back in 2002, he represented New Zealand in the under-19 World Cup, sharing the dressing room with Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jesse Ryder and Rob Nicol.
Eoin Morgan’s potential was clear at the under-19 level. At a time when Irish cricket was finding its roots, Morgan came across as an exciting young talent in the 2004 and 2006 edition of the under-19 World Cup. Although he first played ODIs and T20Is for Ireland, he made the move to England in 2009 and has been a successful batsman in limited overs cricket since. Since 2014, he has taken over as their limited-overs captain.
The tall fast bowler represented Ireland along with Morgan at the under-19 level. While he has played most of his cricket for Ireland, he briefly made the move to England in 2013-14, when he even appeared for them in an Ashes Test Down Under. He has since returned to play for Ireland, like Joyce.
Roelof van der Merwe
Roeluf van der Merwe made a name as a useful limited-overs all-rounder. In 2004, he played for South Africa in the under-19 World Cup and broke into the senior side in 2009. In recent times, van der Merwe changed over to the Netherlands.
Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounder is now a part of all three formats for New Zealand, thanks to his useful seam bowling and hard-hitting batting. However, he hails from Zimbabwe and played alongside Brendan Taylor, Ed Rainsford, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer and Craig Ervine at the 2004 under-19 World Cup.
For quite some time, Craig Kieswetter was England’s big hope in limited-overs cricket. Originally from South Africa, Kieswetter played in the 2006 under-19 World Cup. An attacking wicketkeeper-batsman, Kieswetter made an impression in 2010, when he helped England win the World T20. However, he never established himself in the long-run despite a few explosive performances. Sadly, he had to retire in 2015 due to the effect of an eye injury sustained while batting the previous year.
Gary Ballance grew up in Zimbabwe and played for the country in the 2006 edition. Later, he moved to county cricket in England, where has been representing Yorkshire. Since 2014, Ballance has been a part of England’s plans and has scored a few Test hundreds for them.
Tom Cooper scored more runs than Aaron Finch and David Warner during the 2006 under-19 World Cup for Australia. Unlike his teammates, he hasn’t yet represented Australia at the highest level and has only turned up for the A side. However, he did get a taste of international cricket with the Netherlands, first playing for them in 2010. He has represented them in the 2011 World Cup and the two World T20s in 2014 and 2016.
Logan van Beek
Logan van Beek hails from a unique cricketing family. His grandfather Sammy Guillen was a well-travelled Test cricket, donning the cap for West Indies and New Zealand. Van Beek then went on to play for New Zealand at the 2010 under-19 World Cup. However, he later went on to play for the Netherlands in the 2014 and 2016 World T20s.
Andri Berenger was a part of Sri Lanka’s 2010 under-19 World Cup campaign. He later moved to the United Arab Emirates, whom he represented at the 2015 World Cup.