We didn’t cover Lancashire’s Roses victory over Yorkshire at the weekend because – you know – sometimes you just can’t be bothered.
That win took Lancashire to the top of the table and one of the big contributors has been The Roof, Farveez Maharoof, who is rapidly turning into a blinding overseas signing.
It’s not so much that he’s averaging an unexpected 65 with the bat and 30 with the ball, it’s when he’s timed his contributions. For example, against Yorkshire, he made 31 not out off 19 balls with Lancs chasing 121 in 15 overs.
Doubtless a first-change bowler and number eight batsman wasn’t top of Lancy’s shopping list, but The Roof is here all season and in that sense is a throwback to proper overseas players who stick around.
This is what the IPL got wrong with its team-shuffling this season. To us, Wasim Akram will always be Lancastrian, while Darren Lehmann was but a couple of monophthongs away from being a genuine Yorkshireman.