The USA got vouched to be the next major cricketing nation. Although they have not achieved much success in cricket, they emerge steadily. The USA has attracted players from other nations. Many of them left their country to play for the USA.
1. Sami Aslam
Sami Aslam is a former Pakistani cricketer who represented Pakistan in 13 Tests and 4 ODIs. After a demotion to the 2nd XI team of Baluchistan at the Domestic level, he decided to move to the USA. By 2023, he will be eligible to play white-ball cricket for the USA. His experience in the game would be of great use for a nation like the USA, which doesn’t have many veteran players.
2. Juan Theran
The former South African fast bowler Juan Theran is a familiar face in the IPL. Having played for Deccan Chargers, KXIP, and the Rajasthan Royals, he gets looked upon as an upcoming prodigy; however, he could not succeed at the international level while representing South Africa and drops after a couple of games. He moved out to the USA to pursue his passion. Eventually, he has played 9 ODIs for the USA and intends to play on.
3. Corey Anderson
Anderson is well known for his explosive batting; he has contributed significantly to New Zealand’s significant wins. Having played for Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and RCB in IPL, Anderson will play Major League Cricket in the USA. He played his last game in the Kiwi jersey in 2018, and after announcing his retirement, he signed a three deal with the USA Cricket Board.
4. Xavier Marshall
Former West Indian cricketer Xavier Marshall gained prominence after his 157 against Canada. However, he could not cement his place in the West Indies team because of his inconsistent performance. After donning the West Indies jersey for the last time in 2009, Marshall made a comeback after ten years, playing for the USA. He is said to be playing for the USA currently.
5. Smit Patel
A successful U-19 cricketer, Smit Patel, contributes to India’s win in the 2012 U-19 World Cup. Vouched as the next big thing of Indian Cricket, Patel could not make it to the senior team. He relocated to the USA in 2021 and signed a two-year contract with the Major League Cricket. He is a green card holder and will be eligible to play for the USA by August 2022.
6. Siddhart Trivedi
Trivedi became the latest addition to the cricketers who left their country to play for the USA. The former Rajasthan Royals bowler signed a contract with the Minor League Cricket Franchise and is all set to represent them. Despite being a successful bowler at the Domestic level, he could not don the Indian Jersey and finally decided to take up the opportunity to make his career in cricket in the USA.
7. Dane Piedt
After representing South Africa as an off-spinner in tests, Dane decided to relocate to the USA in 2020. In March 2020, he signed a contract to play in the Minor League and intends on representing the USA at the international level. For records, he took 409 wickets in 115 first-class games and 26 wickets in nine tests.
8. Unmukt Chand
The U-19 World Cup-winning captain, Unmukt Chand, retired from Indian cricket and moved to the USA for better opportunities. Vouched as the next Virat Kohli, Chand could not make it big at the senior level and even lost the IPL contract. He will be taking part in the Major Cricket League. Since it got postponed to 2023, Chand will be playing the Minor cricket league. Recently, he displayed quality batting while playing for Silicon Valley Strikers, creating an unbeatable record consisting of 10 sixes and 30 fours.
9. Ian Holland
Ian Holland is an Australian-born cricketer who played domestic cricket for Australia, representing Victorian in 2016, and then went on to play for Hampshire in England in 2017. He impressed the USA selectors with his performance and cemented his team. He has played 8 ODIs for the USA till now.
10. Shehan Jayasuriya
After donning the Sri Lankan jersey for 12 ODIs and 18 T20Is, Jayasuriya informed Sri Lanka Cricket in 2021 that he will no longer be available for domestic or international tournaments. He will be relocating to the USA. Although he is yet to sign a contract with the MLC, he is looking forward to starting his cricket career in the USA.