The new County Championship season is almost upon us and this campaign will mark the 50th year in which overseas players have been allowed to compete in the competition. In honour on this anniversary, we’ve created our all-time county cricket overseas XI, with the only criteria being that the players must have played at least three seasons in England. Here’s the XI we came up with.
Gordon Greenidge actually began his career in English county cricket before he even played for his hometown side; Barbados. Greenidge spent 17 seasons with Hampshire, where he played regularly, despite his role in the West Indies side. During his first-class career, Greenidge scored over 37,000 runs with 92 centuries.
Barry Richards was Greenidge’s opening partner at Hampshire and he takes that role in our team too. He only played four Test matches due to South Africa’s exclusion from the international arena in 1970, but that meant he was available to play regularly on the south coast.
Regarded by many as the best batsman of all time, Viv Richards is a no-brainer inclusion. He spent 12 years at Somerset, where he smashed bowlers all around Taunton!
When he wasn’t tearing bowling attacks apart whilst representing Pakistan Javed Miandad spent time with both Sussex and Glamorgan. He averaged over 53 in first-class cricket.
Clive Lloyd (C)
The leader of our side is West Indian great Clive Lloyd. He led the great West Indies side of the 70s and 80s and was also a consistent performer for Lancashire.
Another West Indian makes our side. Garfield “Gary” Sobers is another absolute no-brainer! With over 28,000 first-class runs and 1043 first-class wickets, we’d be nuts to leave the Nottinghamshire legend out!
Another world class all-rounder comes in at number seven, which is probably too low but such is the strength of our side, it’s where he fits in. The Kiwi legend took 1,490 first-class wickets, all partner averaging over 30 with the bat.
Farokh Engineer (wk)
Farokh Engineer will keep wicket for our team. The Indian kept wicket for Lancashire and was more than handy with the bat.
In our opinion, the best bowler of all time. He wasn’t at the absolute peak of his powers at Hampshire but he was so good, they named a stand after him at their stadium!
Yet another Hampshire star, the late, great Malcolm Marshall terrified batsman for years with his blistering pace.
Waqar Younis burst onto the scene at Surrey as he took 113 wickets in 582 overs back in 1991. He then moved to Glamorgan, whom he helped win the County Championship. He was nicknamed the Sultan of Swing and would be a lethal partner for Marshall.