Federal Areas v Punjab, Pentangular Cup, Islamabad November 3, 2008

Jamal Anwar misses wicketkeeping mark by a whisker

Cricinfo staff

Federal Areas wicketkeeper Jamal Anwar narrowly missed the record for most dismissals on first-class debut during the Pentangular Cup against Punjab in Islamabad. Eighteen-year-old Jamal took ten catches, including seven in the second innings, which was one short of Samarjit Nath's record of 11 dismissals.

Jamal equalled Nath, an Indian wicketkeeper, for most catches by a keeper on debut - 10 - but in addition to the catches, Nath also had a stumping while playing against Tripura in Guwahati in 2002. In what was his only first-class match, Nath had eight dismissals in the first innings - seven catches and a stumping - and three catches in the second.

The record for most dismissals by a keeper in a first-class game is 13, held by former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Wayne James, who pouched 11 catches and effected two stumpings for Matabeleland against Mashonaland County Districts in Bulawayo in 1995-96. James' seven catches and two stumpings in Mashonaland's first innings is the most dismissals in an innings. In the same game, he scored 99 and 99 not out.

Jamal had played four games against India Under-19s in September 2006 and was standing in for regular keeper Naeem Anjum, who suffered a foot injury in the first-round match against Sind in Karachi. Jamal himself played despite a finger injury. He represented the Rawalpindi Rams in two games in the ABN-Amro Twenty20 Cup earlier this season.