July 7, 2010

The homeless internationals

Cricketers who've played the most matches without a game at home, and the other way round

The backing from the pro-Pakistan crowds in the Twenty20 against Australia at Edgbaston was possibly the closest Mohammad Aamer and Umar Akmal have come to experiencing "home" support. They've entertained spectators in Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the UAE, but due to the security situation in Pakistan following the Lahore attack, Aamer and Akmal are yet to play an international at home, real home.

Aamer has now played 41 international matches (eight Tests, 15 ODIs and 18 Twenty20s), while Akmal has played 38 (six Tests, 18 ODIs, and 14 Twenty20s). They are second and third on the list of players with the most matches without playing one at home. If Aamer plays all the remaining internationals on the tour of England (six Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s), he will have played the most matches - passing Sri Lankan medium-pacer Graeme Labrooy's mark of 53 - without a home game.

Labrooy's record, like those of Aamer and Akmal, was also a result of unfavourable security conditions at home. He made his one-day debut against India in November 1986 and played his first Test in Kanpur in December that year. An ordinary performance in that match - 1 for 164 - possibly prevented Labrooy's selection for the first home Test against New Zealand in April 1987. New Zealand's tour was cancelled soon after because of domestic violence in Sri Lanka and international cricket returned to the country only in August 1992, four months after Labrooy played his last international. As a result, Labrooy played nine Tests and 44 ODIs in seven countries, at venues as famous as Lord's and as obscure as Ballarat, and none in Sri Lanka.

Most matches without playing at home - All internationals (excluding ICC/Asia/Africa XI)
Player Span Mat Tests ODIs T20Is List Num
GF Labrooy (SL) 1986-1992 53 9 44 0 Aus 18, India 14, UAE 10, NZ 5, Pak 2, Ban 2, Eng 2 7
Mohammad Aamer (Pak) 2009-2010 41 8 15 18 SL 11, Eng 9, WI 6, UAE 5, Aus 4, SA 3, NZ 3 7
Umar Akmal (Pak) 2009-2010 38 6 18 14 Aus 9, SL 8, WI 6, UAE 6, SA 4, NZ 3, Eng 2 7
IH Romaine (Ber) 2006-2009 37 0 35 2 Kenya 11, WI 8, Can 7, SA 6, Neth 3, Ire 2 6
RDM Leverock (Ber) 2006-2009 34 0 32 2 Kenya 10, WI 7, SA 6, Can 6, Neth 3, Ire 2 6
KIW Wijegunawardene (SL) 1988-1992 28 2 26 0 Aus 7, India 7, Pak 6, Ban 4, NZ 2, UAE 1, Eng 1 7
SD Outerbridge (Ber) 2006-2009 26 0 23 3 Kenya 7, Can 7, SA 4, Ire 3, Neth 3, WI 2 6
LOB Cann (Ber) 2006-2009 26 0 26 0 Kenya 8, WI 7, SA 6, Can 3, Neth 2 5
JJ Tucker (Ber) 2006-2009 26 0 26 0 Kenya 11, WI 7, SA 6, Can 2 4
DL Hemp (Ber) 2006-2009 24 0 22 2 Kenya 11, SA 6, WI 5, Ire 2 4
PA Nixon (Eng) 2007-2007 20 0 19 1 Aus 11, WI 9 2
DA Minors (Ber) 2006-2007 20 0 20 0 Kenya 8, WI 8, SA 4 3
S Mukuddem (Ber) 2006-2007 20 0 20 0 Kenya 7, WI 7, SA 4, Can 2 4
AJ Redmond (NZ) 2008-2010 19 7 5 7 Eng 6, UAE 4, Ban 2, Aus 2, USA 2, SA 2, WI 1 7
KAD Hurdle (Ber) 2006-2007 19 0 19 0 Kenya 9, WI 6, SA 2, Can 2 4
Mohammad Nabi (Afgh) 2009-2010 16 0 8 8 UAE 6, Neth 5, SL 2, WI 2, SA 1 5
Nawroz Mangal (Afgh) 2009-2010 16 0 8 8 UAE 6, Neth 5, SL 2, WI 2, SA 1 5
Samiullah Shenwari (Afgh) 2009-2010 16 0 8 8 UAE 6, Neth 5, SL 2, WI 2, SA 1 5
NLTC Perera (SL) 2009-2010 16 0 10 6 WI 4, Zim 4, Ban 4, USA 2, India 2 5
W Bates (Eng) 1881-1887 15 15 0 0 Aus 15 1
Mohammad Shahzad (Afgh) 2009-2010 15 0 7 8 UAE 6, Neth 5, SL 2, WI 2 4
Shapoor Zadran (Afgh) 2009-2010 15 0 7 8 UAE 6, Neth 5, SL 2, WI 2 4

Pakistan players, present and past, dominate the table of those with the smallest percentage of home matches during their careers. Offspinner Saeed Ajmal played his first two international matches in Karachi but only one of his next 51 games in Pakistan - he has played only 5.7% of his matches at home, the second lowest ratio after Labrooy.

Opener Imran Nazir has played only 11 of his 106 matches in Pakistan. His 10.60% of home games is the lowest for anyone with more than 100 caps. Similarly Rashid Latif (17.70%) and Shahid Afridi (20.20%) have the lowest percentage of home matches for players with more than 200 and 300 internationals respectively.

Lowest % of matches played at home - All internationals (qual: 50 matches, excluding ICC/Asia/Africa XI)
Player Span Mat Home % Tests ODIs T20Is List Num
GF Labrooy (SL) 1986-1992 53 0 0.0 9 44 0 Aus 18, India 14, UAE 10, NZ 5, Pak 2, Ban 2, Eng 2 7
Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 2008-2010 54 3 5.55 5 27 22 UAE 15, SL 10, Eng 9, WI 6, Aus 6, SA 4, Pak 3, NZ 1 8
Imran Nazir (Pak) 1999-2010 103 11 10.6 8 79 16 UAE 21, SA 15, SL 14, WI 12, Pak 11, Kenya 7, Moroc 4, Aus 4, Ban 4, Eng 3, Sin 3, India 3, NZ 2 13
RG Sharma (India) 2007-2010 69 9 13.0 0 50 19 SL 13, Aus 11, India 9, WI 7, Zim 6, Pak 6, Eng 5, SA 4, NZ 3, Ban 3, Ire 2 11
AC Cummins (Can/WI) 1991-2007 81 11 13.5 5 76 0 Aus 21, India 17, WI 16, Kenya 8, UAE 8, NZ 6, SL 2, Pak 2, SA 1 9
Asif Mujtaba (Pak) 1986-1997 91 13 14.2 25 66 0 UAE 16, Pak 13, Eng 12, Aus 11, SL 10, SA 9, NZ 9, WI 7, Zim 4 9
RJ Ratnayake (SL) 1982-1993 93 15 16.1 23 70 0 Aus 21, India 18, SL 15, Pak 12, NZ 11, UAE 9, Eng 7 7
Azhar Mahmood (Pak) 1996-2007 164 27 16.4 21 143 0 Pak 27, Eng 21, Aus 17, UAE 16, Can 15, Ban 13, SA 13, Kenya 9, NZ 8, India 8, Zim 7, SL 5, Sin 3, WI 1, Moroc 1 15
Rashid Latif (Pak) 1992-2003 203 36 17.7 37 166 0 UAE 37, Pak 36, SA 29, SL 17, NZ 17, Eng 15, Aus 12, Zim 10, Ban 10, WI 6, Kenya 5, Moroc 4, Sin 4, India 1 14
D Ganga (WI) 1998-2008 84 15 17.8 48 35 1 WI 15, SA 12, NZ 10, Zim 9, Aus 9, SL 8, UAE 5, Pak 5, Ban 5, Eng 4, Kenya 2 11

The smallest percentage of home Tests in a career (minimum of 20 matches) belongs to former West Indian captain John Goddard, who played only four out of 27 games (14.80%) in the Caribbean. Among those who played at least 50 ODIs, Clive Lloyd has the lowest proportion of home games - 8%. He played only seven out of 87 one-dayers in the West Indies. In Twenty20 internationals, the lowest percentage of home games belongs to Ajmal again. He hasn't played any of his 21 matches in Pakistan.

England fast bowler John Snow, on the other hand, possesses the largest percentage of home games in a career of at least 50 matches. Snow played 45 out of his 58 games in England - 77.50%. He went on only three tours - to Australia, West Indies and Pakistan. He could have played a third Test in Pakistan had he not bowled fast bouncers at Tom Graveney, the vice-captain, on a dangerous net pitch on the eve of the first Test in Lahore.

Highest % of matches played at home - All internationals (qual: 50 matches, excluding ICC/Asia/Africa XI)
Player Span Mat Home % Tests ODIs T20Is List Num
JA Snow (Eng) 1965-1976 58 45 77.5 49 9 0 Eng 45, Aus 7, WI 4, Pak 2 4
PL Taylor (Aus) 1987-1992 96 70 72.9 13 83 0 Aus 70, NZ 7, UAE 6, WI 6, India 4, Pak 3 6
MR Whitney (Aus) 1981-1993 50 36 72.0 12 38 0 Aus 36, WI 7, SL 5, Eng 2 4
R Illingworth (Eng) 1958-1973 64 45 70.3 61 3 0 Eng 45, Aus 9, WI 5, NZ 5 4
CG Rackemann (Aus) 1982-1991 64 45 70.3 12 52 0 Aus 45, India 5, NZ 5, UAE 3, Eng 3, WI 3 6
FS Trueman (Eng) 1952-1965 67 47 70.1 67 0 0 Eng 47, WI 8, Aus 8, NZ 4 4
RM Hogg (Aus) 1978-1985 109 76 69.7 38 71 0 Aus 76, Eng 13, India 8, WI 7, SL 5 5
M Hendrick (Eng) 1973-1981 52 36 69.2 30 22 0 Eng 36, Aus 11, NZ 4, Pak 1 4
SJ Benn (WI) 2008-2010 50 34 68.0 15 18 17 WI 34, Eng 10, Aus 3, NZ 3 4
MA Vermeulen (Zim) 2000-2009 51 34 66.6 8 43 0 Zim 34, Aus 6, Eng 4, Pak 3, Ban 2, SA 1, UAE 1 7
GS Chappell (Aus) 1970-1984 161 107 66.4 87 74 0 Aus 107, Eng 28, NZ 13, SL 5, WI 5, Pak 3 6
DR Pringle (Eng) 1982-1993 74 49 66.2 30 44 0 Eng 49, Aus 11, NZ 7, Pak 3, India 2, UAE 2 6
J Dyson (Aus) 1977-1984 59 39 66.1 30 29 0 Aus 39, Eng 8, Pak 6, NZ 6 4
APE Knott (Eng) 1967-1981 115 74 64.3 95 20 0 Eng 74, Aus 15, India 10, WI 7, Pak 6, NZ 3 6
KJ Hughes (Aus) 1977-1985 167 107 64.0 70 97 0 Aus 107, Eng 23, India 11, Pak 9, WI 9, NZ 6, UAE 2 7
DK Lillee (Aus) 1971-1984 133 85 63.9 70 63 0 Aus 85, Eng 33, NZ 8, SL 3, Pak 3, WI 1 6
AW Greig (Eng) 1972-1977 80 51 63.7 58 22 0 Eng 51, India 10, Aus 8, WI 5, Pak 3, NZ 3 6
VL Manjrekar (India) 1951-1965 55 35 63.6 55 0 0 India 35, WI 9, Eng 6, Pak 5 4
CG Borde (India) 1958-1969 55 35 63.6 55 0 0 India 35, Eng 7, WI 5, NZ 4, Aus 4 5
DG Bradman (Aus) 1928-1948 52 33 63.4 52 0 0 Aus 33, Eng 19 2
SP O'Donnell (Aus) 1985-1991 93 59 63.4 6 87 0 Aus 59, India 11, UAE 9, Eng 8, NZ 5, Pak 1 6
RW Marsh (Aus) 1970-1984 188 119 63.2 96 92 0 Aus 119, Eng 42, NZ 13, Pak 9, WI 5 5

The record for the longest career played entirely at home belongs to Stanley Jackson, who played 20 Tests for England between 1893 and 1905. He missed a tour of Australia because of business reasons, but did travel to India with Lord Hawke's team in the winter of 1892-93.

There are a couple of current players who've only played international matches at home so far. All of Peter Ingram's two Tests, six ODIs and three Twenty20s have been in New Zealand, while Darren Bravo's 11 games (10 ODIs and a Twenty20) have been played in the West Indies.

Most matches without playing away from home - All internationals (qual: excluding ICC/Asia/Africa XI)
Player Span Mat Tests ODIs T20Is
Hon.FS Jackson (Eng) 1893-1905 20 20 0 0
A McGrath (Eng) 2003-2004 18 4 14 0
H Ironmonger (Aus) 1928-1933 14 14 0 0
SF Graf (Aus) 1980-1981 11 0 11 0
PJ Ingram (NZ) 2010-2010 11 2 6 3
DM Bravo (WI) 2009-2010 11 0 10 1
WW Wade (SA) 1938-1950 11 11 0 0
RH Spooner (Eng) 1905-1912 10 10 0 0
DS Steele (Eng) 1975-1976 9 8 1 0
EA Halliwell (SA) 1892-1902 8 8 0 0
KE Rigg (Aus) 1931-1937 8 8 0 0
AK Patel (India) 1984-1985 8 0 8 0
JW Wilson (NZ) 1993-2005 7 0 6 1
HV Hordern (Aus) 1911-1912 7 7 0 0
AE Hall (SA) 1923-1931 7 7 0 0
RK Oxenham (Aus) 1928-1931 7 7 0 0
FT Badcock (NZ) 1930-1933 7 7 0 0
AM de Silva (SL) 1986-1993 7 3 4 0
MJ Procter (SA) 1967-1970 7 7 0 0
RE Bryson (SA) 1997-1997 7 0 7 0

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George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at Cricinfo

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