May 29, 2009

'Meeting Mr Miandad'

Nishi Narayanan

For pre-game and mid-innings entertainment at the World Twenty20 how about some cricket pop? Songs like ‘Meeting Mr Miandad’, ‘Test Match Special’ and ‘Jiggery Pokery’ would be a refreshing change from Bollywood remixes and billboard hits from two years ago.

Neil Hannon, songwriter for the band Divine Comedy, and Thomas Walsh, from Pugwash, have collaborated on a concept album called The Duckworth Lewis Method which they call “possibly the least necessary album of recent years”.

Jiggery Pokery, a song inspired by Shane Warne’s first ball of the Ashes, could probably be played just after the national anthems at the start of this year’s England-Australia series. And you can sing along as well:

Jiggery pokery, trickery chokery, how did he open me up
Robbery! Muggery! Aussie skull-duggery! Out for a buggering duck.
What a delivery I might as well have been Holding a child's balloon
Jiggery pokery who is this nobody Making me look a buffoon?"

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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