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Which players born in each decade made their debut the earliest? And which ones were the last to play an ODI or a Test?
April 29, 2009
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When 17-year old Ahmed Shehzad was selected in Pakistan's Test squad for the home series against Sri Lanka in February, we checked out his profile and noticed he was born on November 23, 1991. We wondered if he would be the first player born in the 1990s to make a Test debut, but unfortunately Shehzad didn't get a game. As luck would have it, a hamstring injury to Nasir Jamshed during the ongoing ODI series against Australia gave Shehzad his debut in the second match in Dubai. And so we decided to check out which players from each decade made their debut the earliest. We also looked at those born in each decade to last play an ODI or a Test.
We discovered, though, that Shehzad wasn't the first from the 1990s to play a one-day international. He was was, shockingly, the eighth. Hong Kong's James Atkinson, born on August 24 1990, slipped under our radars when he made his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in June 2008. The other six post-1990 internationals are Alawi Shukri, Paul Stirling, McLaren Smith, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Seren Waters and Rubel Hossain.
You're probably wondering why there aren't any players from the 1930s and 1940s in the table below. We didn't include them because the first ODI, in January 1971, involved six players from the 1930s and 16 from the 1940s so they all qualified as having represented their decades first in ODIs. It wasn't until August 1972 that someone born in the 1950s made his debut - Australian Jeff Hammond, at the age of 22, against England at Edgbaston. It was his only ODI.
|JR Hammond (Aus)||1972-1972||1||Apr 19, 1950||22y 131d||v England||Aug 28, 1972||ODI 4|
|SP Pasqual (SL)||1979-1979||2||Oct 15, 1961||17y 237d||v New Zealand||Jun 9, 1979||ODI 62|
|Aaqib Javed (Pak)||1988-1998||163||Aug 5, 1972||16y 127d||v West Indies||Dec 10, 1988||ODI 535|
|Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/Pak)||1996-2009||274||Mar 1, 1980||16y 215d||v Kenya||Oct 2, 1996||ODI 1123|
|JJ Atkinson (HK)||2008-2008||2||Aug 24, 1990||17y 305d||v Pakistan||Jun 24, 2008||ODI 2712|
While looking at players from each decade to last play an ODI, we did not include the 1970s and 1980s because 21 players from the third Australia-Pakistan ODI (Shehzad being the exception) were born in those decades. The last player from the 1960s to play an ODI, however, is Canada's Sunil Dhaniram. He was born on October 17, 1968, and played against Ireland in the 2009 World Cup Qualifiers earlier this month, at the age of 40.
Zimbabwe's John Traicos was the last man from the 1940s to play ODIs for the longest time, until Netherlands' Nolan Clarke came along and smashed the record for the oldest ODI debutant in the 1996 World Cup. Clarke played his last match against South Africa in Rawalpindi at the age of 47.
|CA Marshall (Can)||1979-1979||2||Sep 13, 1939||39y 274d||v England||Jun 14, 1979||ODI 67|
|NE Clarke (Neth)||1996-1996||5||Jun 22, 1948||47y 257d||v South Africa||Mar 5, 1996||ODI 1073|
|JL Louw (Nam)||2003-2003||1||Jun 19, 1959||43y 236d||v Zimbabwe||Feb 10, 2003||ODI 1943|
|S Dhaniram (Can)||2006-2009||33||Oct 17, 1968||40y 184d||v Ireland||Apr 19, 2009||ODI 2843|
Hasan Raza didn't give anyone else from the 1980s much of a chance to sneak on to the Test circuit ahead of him. Raza, born in 1982, played his first Test, against Zimbabwe in Faisalabad, on October 24 1996 at the unbelievable age of 14. However, he wasn't the first from the 1980s to play ODIs. Raza played his first one-dayer on October 30 1996, 28 days after 16-year-old Shahid Afridi made his debut against Kenya in Nairobi.
Aaqib Javed was the first player born in the 1970s to play both forms of the game. He played his first ODI at the Adelaide Oval in December 1988 at the age of 16 and made his Test debut in Wellington in February 1989. Aaqib narrowly edged out Sachin Tendulkar, who made his Test and ODI debuts in November-December 1989 when he too was 16 years old.
|SP Jones (Aus)||1882-1888||12||Aug 1, 1861||20y 200d||v England||Feb 17, 1882||Test 6|
|AE Ochse (SA)||1889-1889||2||Mar 11, 1870||19y 1d||v England||Mar 12, 1889||Test 31|
|WA Shalders (SA)||1899-1907||12||Feb 12, 1880||19y 48d||v England||Apr 1, 1899||Test 59|
|JW Hearne (Eng)||1911-1926||24||Feb 11, 1891||20y 307d||v Australia||Dec 15, 1911||Test 116|
|EP Nupen (SA)||1921-1936||17||Jan 1, 1902||19y 308d||v Australia||Nov 5, 1921||Test 145|
|JED Sealy (WI)||1930-1939||11||Sep 11, 1912||17y 122d||v England||Jan 11, 1930||Test 187|
|JB Stollmeyer (WI)||1939-1955||32||Mar 11, 1921||18y 105d||v England||Jun 24, 1939||Test 272|
|DB Close (Eng)||1949-1976||22||Feb 24, 1931||18y 149d||v New Zealand||Jul 23, 1949||Test 316|
|Nasim-ul-Ghani (Pak)||1958-1973||29||May 14, 1941||16y 248d||v West Indies||Jan 17, 1958||Test 446|
|Aftab Baloch (Pak)||1969-1975||2||Apr 1, 1953||16y 221d||v New Zealand||Nov 8, 1969||Test 665|
|RJ Shastri (India)||1981-1992||80||May 27, 1962||18y 270d||v New Zealand||Feb 21, 1981||Test 897|
|Aaqib Javed (Pak)||1989-1998||22||Aug 5, 1972||16y 189d||v New Zealand||Feb 10, 1989||Test 1115|
|Hasan Raza (Pak)||1996-2005||7||Mar 11, 1982||14y 227d||v Zimbabwe||Oct 24, 1996||Test 1337|
The last person from the 1960s to have played Tests is Sanath Jayasuriya. He was born in 1969 and played his last Test against England in 2007 at the age of 38. He's still going strong in ODIs, though - his last game was in February - and is likely to unseat Dhaniram as the last player from the 1960s to play an ODI.
|J Southerton (Eng)||1877-1877||2||Nov 16, 1827||49y 139d||v Australia||Apr 4, 1877||Test 2|
|NFD Thomson (Aus)||1877-1877||2||May 29, 1839||37y 310d||v England||Apr 4, 1877||Test 2|
|WG Grace (Eng)||1880-1899||22||Jul 18, 1848||50y 320d||v Australia||Jun 3, 1899||Test 60|
|R Abel (Eng)||1888-1902||13||Nov 30, 1857||44y 238d||v Australia||Jul 26, 1902||Test 73|
|FJ Laver (Aus)||1899-1909||15||Dec 7, 1869||39y 247d||v England||Aug 11, 1909||Test 105|
|AFA Lilley (Eng)||1896-1909||35||Nov 28, 1866||42y 256d||v Australia||Aug 11, 1909||Test 105|
|G Gunn (Eng)||1907-1930||15||Jun 13, 1879||50y 303d||v West Indies||Apr 12, 1930||Test 193|
|W Rhodes (Eng)||1899-1930||58||Oct 29, 1877||52y 165d||v West Indies||Apr 12, 1930||Test 193|
|EH Hendren (Eng)||1920-1935||51||Feb 5, 1889||46y 41d||v West Indies||Mar 18, 1935||Test 241|
|A Wood (Eng)||1938-1939||4||Aug 25, 1898||40y 362d||v West Indies||Aug 22, 1939||Test 274|
|Miran Bakhsh (Pak)||1955-1955||2||Apr 20, 1907||47y 302d||v India||Feb 16, 1955||Test 398|
|AM Moir (NZ)||1951-1959||17||Jul 17, 1919||39y 244d||v England||Mar 18, 1959||Test 472|
|TW Graveney (Eng)||1951-1969||79||Jun 16, 1927||42y 1d||v West Indies||Jun 17, 1969||Test 653|
|BE Congdon (NZ)||1965-1978||61||Feb 11, 1938||40y 198d||v England||Aug 28, 1978||Test 830|
|AJ Traicos (SA/Zim)||1970-1993||7||May 17, 1947||45y 304d||v India||Mar 17, 1993||Test 1218|
|DJ Richardson (SA)||1992-1998||42||Sep 16, 1959||38y 140d||v Australia||Feb 3, 1998||Test 1397|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||1991-2007||110||Jun 30, 1969||38y 158d||v England||Dec 5, 2007||Test 1851|
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