16 Nov

Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not India

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway in England and Wales with 10 of the best teams in the cricketing globe fighting each other for the sport’s greatest prize. With 15 players in each squad, there is a lot of talent at display at the tournament. But did you know that not all the players were born in the same nation which they currently play for at the World Cup?Of the 150 players who have turned up in England, there are many who were born in one country but shifted to another for some reason or the other. For example, the current England squad has 5 players who were born outside the country. Similarly, countries like New Zealand and Australia currently have multiple players born outside Oceania.India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only teams at the World Cup wherein the full 15-man squad was born in the same country.Looking at other teams, South Africa leads with a total of 17 players born in Protea country while India and Pakistan were the birthplaces of 16 players each at the World Cup.2 current England players – Jason Roy and Tom Curran – were born in South Africa, along with the New Zealand hard-hitter Colin Munro. Ben Stokes, England’s hero from their opening match against South Africa, traces his roots to Christchurch where he was born in 1991. England’s captain Eoin Morgan himself was born in and played for Ireland for a while before shifting allegiances elsewhere.Ish Sodhi – the New Zealand spinner – is the only player outside India’s squad to have been born in the country. While Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim was born in Wales in 1988, Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja and South African tweaker Imran Tahir were actually born in Pakistan.advertisementIncidentally, Zimbabwe, a side which missed out on a World Cup berth last year, can take solace from the fact that Colin de Grandhomme who was born in Harare will be turning up in New Zealand colours during the event.150 players in World Cup 2019 by country of birth:17 South Africa16 India16 Pakistan15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand10 England6 Barbados5 Jamaica4 Trinidad & Tobago1 Guyana1 Ireland1 Wales1 Zimbabwe #Trivia #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Players in World Cup 2019 who were born in another country (numbers in bold depict the total number of players):17 South Africa – Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Colin Munro16 India – Ish Sodhi16 Pakistan – Usman Khawaja, Imran Tahir15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand – Ben Stokes10 England6 Barbados – Jofra Archer5 Jamaica – Chris Gayle4 Trinidad & Tobago – Nicholas Pooran1 Guyana – Shimron Hetmyer1 Ireland – Eoin Morgan1 Wales – Imad Wasim1 Zimbabwe – Colin de GrandhommeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordlast_img

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