Andrew Strauss given out ‘hunchback at slip’


Pakistan here successfully appeal for the little-known mode of dismissal ‘hunchback at slip’.

As he delivers the ball, Mohammad Sami notices that his team mates have smuggled Quasimodo into the first slip position and asks the question of the umpire.

This means of dismissal was removed from the laws later in the year after Zimbabwe hit upon the ingenious idea of actually selecting a hunchback as part of their first team.

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9 Appeals

  1. I had no idea Pakistani-brits ( british/Pakistanis or what ever you may culturally identify with) had such a sense of Pythonesque sense of humour! Or did I get the wrong joke?

  2. King Cricket

    October 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    We assume you got the right joke. You got our ethnicity wrong, though.

    We’re not bothered though. We consider it a mark of our (rather selective) impartiality.

  3. any hints?

  4. the scientician

    October 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Hurray for casual racism!

  5. King Cricket

    October 4, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Well here’s a picture of us executing a textbook cover drive.

    We will add that we’re a different ethnicity from the neck down (or up, depending on which way you look at it.)

  6. A rare method of dismissal indeed, that one. Even rarer than the dreaded appeal for no testicles.

  7. Few realise this, but one of the main reasons for ladies’ cricket taking so long to take off was actually the ‘no testicles’ dismissal.

    Until 1994, ‘out no testicles’ was the cause of 86.4% of all dismissals in the ladies’ game — it would have been even higher, but the bats(wo)man, rightly, gets the benefit of the doubt in some cases.

    In 1994, Lamby and Beefy successfully campaigned to remove this rule in the ladies’ game — something about wanting more women in the dressing room, apparently — and the game finally took off.

  8. King Cricket

    October 5, 2007 at 10:33 am

    The ‘no genitals’ post, in case you’re wondering.

  9. “later in the year after Zimbabwe hit upon the ingenious idea of actually selecting a hunchback as part of their first team”

    The hunchback top-scored in Zimbabwe’s second innings.

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