4 cricketers who changed their nation just before a World Cup

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Teams could make drastic decisions before a World Cup. This is mainly with the intention to win the event. Sometimes, they groom players belonging to other nations such that they are ready just in time before a mega-event. In this article, we take a look at four cricketers who changed their nation just before a World Cup.

In international cricket, we have seen players change their loyalties. It is common and we can expect this trend to increase in the future. In some cases, these switches happened just before a main event so that the team becomes stronger.

1) Eoin Morgan - 2009 T20 World Cup 

Morgan is one of the cricketers who changed their nation just before the World Cup. The former England skipper first played international cricket for Ireland. Then, he started the procedure to become eligible to play for England. In the 2009 T20 WC, he made his England debut. Since then, he achieved great things for the nation. Morgan also led the country to its first 50-over World Cup victory. He recently retired from international cricket.

2) Jofra Archer - 2019 50-over World Cup

The Barbados-born cricketer had not played for any other nation before but he took time to become eligible for England. Just a few months before the 2019 WC, he made his England debut. He was not in the preliminary squad for the 2019 World Cup but was later drafted into the roster. He had a major role and was instrumental in England winning the tournament. 

3) Tim David - 2022 T20 World Cup

Tim David is also one of the cricketers who changed their nation just before a World Cup. Having represented Singapore, Tim David was also eligible for Australia. However, he was not selected for a while. That said, before the 2022 T20 World Cup, David has been selected for the Australian squad. He even toured India before the big event. Tim David is a talented cricketer who can strengthen the team's lower middle-order. Hence, he is a fine addition to the squad.

4) Ed Joyce - 2011 50-over World Cup

The Irish-born cricketer first made the switch to England. However, after a while, he did not get too many chances in England. Hence, before the 2011 WC, he made the switch to Ireland. Although as per rules this should have taken longer, ICC allowed Ed Joyce for a quick change so that he represents Ireland in the World Cup.

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