August 1, 2009

Offbeat

Twins make switch

Andrew McGlashan

The Waugh brothers are probably the most famous twins to play cricket, but at least you could tell them apart. That wasn’t the case with Nazim and Zahid Mohammed who were identical twins, and they tried to use it to their advantage.

While playing for New Brighton in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition they decided to make the most of each other’s skills. Nazim, the better bowler, was named in the side but when his team’s turn came to bat he switched with Zahid who was meant to be the better batsman.

The opposition couldn’t tell the difference, but what gave them away was probably that Nazim bowled right hand and Zahid batted left. Officials noticed and reported the pair who were and the pair were banned and have also resigned. The team manager also quit despite not knowing anything of the mischievous plan.

The irony in all this is that the switch didn’t even help. Zahid made a duck. That’s karma.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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