Oldest international cricket player on debut
Osman Göker
59:181 year(s):day(s)
Romania ()

Osman Göker (b. 1 March 1960) was 59 years 181 days old when he made his international debut for Turkey against Romania in the Romania Cup at Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground in Ilfov County, Romania, on 29 August 2019.

Göker took the title from Botswana’s James Moses (b. 8 August 1965), who was 53 years 285 days old when he made his international debut against Uganda on 20 May 2019.

In a Romania Cup match against Luxembourg on the same day and at the same venue, three Turkish players – aged 57, 57 and 54 – simultaneously broke Moses’ previous record, led by Cengiz Akyüz (b. 1 June 1962), who was 57 years 89 days old at the time. It was Turkey’s first Twenty20 International; their second was the Romania match in which Göker made his international debut.

Göker’s unspectacular debut ended in a 173-run defeat as Turkey were dismissed for 53, chasing 227 to win. The No.11 batsman scored 1 not out (off one ball faced) and did not bowl. He was dropped for Turkey’s third match of the tournament, against the Czech Republic the following day.