List-A matches are those games that involve the teams playing limited-overs cricket. The List-A matches can be 40 overs, 50 overs, or 60 overs games. The domestic teams of a particular country play these games, such as state teams and the countries that do not have ODI status in international cricket. Local state teams of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Vidarbha or county teams like Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire play the domestic competitions of limited-over format. And those competitions come under List-A cricket. Teams that do not have an official ODI status like Namibia, Kenya, Japan, Germany, and the USA play the limited-overs games, and those come under List-A cricket. The following list shows the top ten cricketers with the most appearances in List-A cricket.
1. Graeme Hick
The England batter played his first List-A match in 1983 and his last one in 2008. Overall, Hick appeared in 651 List-A games and scored 22059 runs at an average of 41 with the help of 40 centuries. His highest score in List-A cricket was an unbeaten 172, and he scalped 225 wickets at a bowling average of 29 with four five-wicket hauls, including a career-best 5/19. Hick represented England, Zimbabwe, Worcestershire, and Queensland in his domestic career.
2. Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch was one of the best batters in the England cricket team in the 1980s. Gooch played his first List-A game in 1973 and his final one in 1997. Gooch was a part of 613 List-A matches and scored 22211 runs at an average of 40 with the help of 44 centuries and the highest score of an unbeaten 198. Besides that, he took 310 wickets at a bowling average of 31 with one five-wicket haul and a career-best performance of 5/8 in List-A matches.
3. Wasim Akram
The legendary Pakistan left-arm bowler made his first List-A appearance in 1984 and played 594 List-A matches until his retirement in 2003. Akram scored 6993 runs at an average of 18 with the best score of an unbeaten 89. He picked up 881 wickets in his List-A career with a bowling average of 21 and 12 five-wicket hauls, with the best bowling performance of 5/10.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya
The Sri Lankan opening batter played 557 List-A matches in a career started from 1989 until his retirement in 2011 and scored 16128 runs at an average of 31 with 31 centuries. Jayasuriya’s highest score was 189, and he picked up 413 wickets with a bowling average of 34 with the help of five five-wicket hauls, and his best bowling figures were 6/29.
5. Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting played 551 List-A matches and scored 14476 runs at an average of 33 with the help of 12 centuries, and his highest score was an unbeaten 143. Gatting made his List-A debut in 1975 and played until 1998. The England cricketer picked up 175 wickets at a bowling average of 27, and his best bowling figures were 6/26, which was his only five-wicket haul.
6. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of Cricket made his List-A debut in 1989 and played his final game in 2012. Sachin was a part of 551 List-A matches and scored 21999 runs at an average of 45 with 60 centuries and a career-best score of an unbeaten 200. The little master also proved his worth with the ball, as he picked up 201 wickets at a bowling average of 42 with two five-wicket hauls and his best performance was 5/32.
7. Mahela Jayawardene
The Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene played his first List-A game in 1995 and played his last one in 2016. Mahela scored 15421 runs in 546 List-A matches at an average of 33 with 21 centuries, and his best performance with the bat was an unbeaten 163. The former Sri Lankan skipper took 24 wickets in his List-A career.
8. John Emburey
John Emburey played 536 List-A matches and picked up 647 wickets with a bowling average of 25 along with three five-wicket hauls, and his best performance was 5/23. Emburey first appeared in List-A cricket in 1975 and for the final time in 2000. He scored 3865 runs with the best score of 50.
9. Kumar Sangakkara
The Sri Lankan is in the second position on the list of highest run-getters in the ODIs. Speaking of his List-A career, Sanga played 529 matches and scored 19456 runs at an average of 43 with the help of 39 centuries, and his highest List-A score was 169. Sangakkara began his List-A career in 1997 and ended in 2020. The keeper affected 518 catches and 124 stumpings in his List-A career.
10. Kim Barnet
Kim Barnet was a part of 525 List-A matches after debuting in 1979 and scored 15564 runs at an average of 34 with 17 tons and the highest score of 136. The England international ended his career in 2005, which saw him picking 113 wickets at a bowling average of 26 with two five-wicket hauls and a career-best performance of 6/24.