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County cricket’s greatest overseas players: Glamorgan

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

To mark the 50th anniversary of overseas players coming to county cricket in large numbers, we’ve asked an expert on each county to pick their top three for that club. Here’s Glamorgan, as selected by Edward Bevan, BBC Wales cricket correspondent.

1. WAQAR YOUNIS

Pakistan (1997-98)
While Matthew Elliott and Michael Kasprowicz, two outstanding Australian Test cricketers, produced matchwinning performances for Glamorgan, neither featured in the county’s Championship-winning teams.

Waqar Younis, the great Pakistan opening bowler who played in the 1997 team, produced two devastating performances which went a long way to securing the Championship pennant that year. In the game against Lancashire at Aigburth, the home team were dismissed for 51 with Waqar taking 7-15 in seven overs, including a hat-trick. In the following game against Sussex at Swansea he returned figures of 8-17. Without those two performances, Glamorgan would not have won the Championship for the first time since 1969.

2. MAJID KHAN

Pakistan (1968-76)
Majid Khan, another Pakistan Test player, was a member of the 1969 team and he played some superb innings, many of them on difficult pitches. Allied to his mercurial strokeplay was his ability to take important wickets and catch everything above ground – mostly at slip.

3. MATTHEW ELLIOTT

Australia (2000-07)
Viv Richards did much to inspire a young Glamorgan team in the early Nineties, but I’ve gone for Elliott, the stylish left-handed opener.

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