Full name Geoffrey Alan Cope
Born February 23, 1947, Burmantofts, Leeds, Yorkshire
Current age 69 years 157 days
Major teams England, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Temple Moor School, Leeds
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Dec 14-19, 1977 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v England at Karachi, Jan 18-23, 1978 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v England at Sialkot, Dec 30, 1977 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Jan 13, 1978 scorecard|
|First-class span||1966 - 1980|
|List A span||1969 - 1983|
In a long career dogged by difficulties with the fairness of his bowling action, Geoff Cope showed both courage and persistence by re-modeling his delivery twice - after suspension by the authorities in 1972 and 1978 -each time returning to top-class cricket. An offspinner who preferred to push the ball through and a dogged tail-end batsman, question marks over his action meant that his England appearances were limited to one series in Pakistan in 1977-78. He nearly took a hat-trick on debut too: having dismissed Abdul Qadir and Sarfraz Nawaz, he had Iqbal Qasim caught at slip by Mike Brearley. But as Qasim was leaving the crease, Brearley, unsure as to the legitimacy of the catch, recalled him.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"