Canada’s Nitish Kumar was only 16 years and 283 days old when he opened against Pakistan on 3rd March 2011. He is indeed the youngest player to appear in the World Cup, taking a record previously held by Talha Jubair of Bangladesh, who was 17 years 70 days old in his first match in 2002-03. Five other 17-year-olds have played in the World Cup: Sudath Pasqual of Sri Lanka in 1979, Malachi Jones (Bermuda) in 2006-07, Kenya’s Thomas Odoyo in 1995-96, Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) in 2006-07, and Javed Miandad of Pakistan in 1975. Kumar was 15 years 273 days old when he made his overall one-day international debut for Canada, against Afghanistan in Sharjah in February 2010: the only younger player in any men’s ODI was Hasan Raza of Pakistan (14 years 233 days old when he played against Zimbabwe in Quetta in 1996-97). Another Pakistani, Sajjida Shah, was only 12 years 171 days old when she played against Ireland in a women’s one-day international in Dublin in 2000.
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