Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How hard can it be...

...to bowl just one legitimate delivery?
In a match of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Twenty20 memorial tournament earlier this week, Port Qasim pacer Zaid Mir had to be taken out of the attack after he failed to bowl a single legal delivery with his bowling figures reading 0-0-31-0 (10 NB).

"Fast bowler Zaid Mir was asked to bowl and he sent down 10 successive no-balls, resulting in 10 free hits to the batsmen, who scored 31 runs off them," a scorer in the match said.

Given that 10 free hits were given, this means that each no-ball was of the overstepping variety.

Seriously? 10 consecutive oversteps? With the result that you didn't bowl a single legal delivery? I am tempted to smell a rat, but even someone trying to fix the game wouldn't do something so blatantly obvious. This just reeks of sheer incompetence.

Of course, they had to end the misery somehow:
"Given the strange situation, umpire Saleem Badr allowed Zaid to be taken out of the firing line after he officially said he had suffered a leg strain and couldn't bowl," the scorer added.

Yeah right!

For the record, Zaid's team won by 9 wickets!

Make your pitch on this post...

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  1. David Barry said...

    The worst I've seen in top-level cricket is Curtly Ambrose, who went round the wicket to one of Australia's left-handers in 96/7. It must have been the first time he'd ever gone round the wicket or something, because he bowled nine back-foot no-balls in one over.

  2. SledgeHammer said...

    Wow, that's so unlike Curtly.

    I dug up the match:


    30 no-balls in the match for Curtly, 20 in the second innings (which included the over you mentioned).

  3. Soulberry said...

    That was an interesting event.

  4. Obaid said...

    hmm, sounds like me trying to bowl a legitimate delivery with a new ball in my younger days :)

    Why couldnt he just stand from the crease and bowl? It wouldve been better than 10 consecutive freehits

  5. Anonymous said...

    He was just trying to figure out after how many balls the patience of his captain will run out and he will throw him out of the game.

  6. Damith S. said...

    i had flashbacks of dilhara fernandos start to international cricket.

    make it stop. dear god make it stop.

  7. Q said...

    DB, I remember watching that match live.

    I also remember Amer Nazir's debut series againt the West Indies on the 93-94 tour in which Wasim Akram was captain.. he bowled 6 consecutive no balls before bowling a legitimate delivery..

    He was even on a hatrick in the same match and i remember even had Logie plumb in front only to be denied by the Windies umpire..


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