International Duck Watch!

My long retired gimmick still gets the occasional outing and so in honour of Bangladesh batsman Fazle Mahmoud… here it is!

Mahmoud quacked on debut against Zimbabwe and today followed it up with another inglorious duck. Having debut ducked he was made to sit and wait second time around as his side’s opening batsman compiled a century stand that lasted in excess of twenty-six overs. Against such weak opposition as Zimbabwe, it’s not really an excusable start for Mahmoud. It’s a small sample size though and many legends of the game have come back stronger after inauspicious starts.

There’s one match left in the series and Bangladesh have recalled another batsman in the form of Soumya Sarkar but still retained Mahmoud. It’s Mahmoud style ineptitude that endears a player to me so I sincerely hope he has a third opportunity in the final ODI and makes some kind of score.

International Duck Watch!

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Suranga Lakmal just can’t keep out of the action, whether or not he’s the duckee or the inflictor of duckness. Today he lasted three deliveries before falling to Vernon Philander (4-27) in Cape Town. Nuwan Pradeep also ducked in the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka, very first ball, Philander again the man responsible.

In Art Deco Land or Napier if you prefer, a trio of ducks were spotted in the first T20I between hosts New Zealand and visitors Bangladesh. For the tourists, Imrul Kayes fell second ball and Soumya Sarkar lasted exactly half that amount of deliveries. In the Black Caps’ response Colin Munro ducketed second ball but the hosts still claimed a six-wicket victory.