Duncan Sharpe

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Duncan Sharpe
Personal information
Full name Duncan Albert Sharpe
Born (1937-08-03) 3 August 1937 (age 80)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India
(now Pakistan)
Batting Right hand
Bowling Right arm off-break
Role batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 32) 13 November 1959 v Australia
Last Test 9 December 1959 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1957–58 Punjab A
1958–59 Pakistan Railways
1959–61 Lahore
1961–66 South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 37
Runs scored 134 1,531
Batting average 22.33 27.33
100s/50s –/1 2/7
Top score 56 118
Balls bowled 154
Wickets 1
Bowling average 100.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/35
Catches/stumpings 2/– 41/13
Source: CricketArchive, 28 January 2009

Duncan Albert Sharpe (born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India, on 3 August 1937) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in three Tests in 1959-60. Sharpe is of Anglo-Indian heritage and was the third of the four Christians who have played Test cricket for Pakistan. (The others are Wallis Mathias, Antao D'Souza and, until his conversion to Islam, Yousuf Youhana/Mohammad Yousuf.)[1]

Career in Pakistan[edit]

Sharpe's family had lived in British India since the middle of the 19th century. He was one of three brothers, who were all sent to board at St. Anthony High School, Lahore, after their parents separated.[2] Duncan Sharpe took a job as a clerk with Pakistan Railways when he was 17.[2]

Sharpe played his first first-class match as a middle-order batsman for a Railways and Baluchistan side against the touring MCC side in Multan in 1955-56.[3] In his next match, in the 1957-58 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for Punjab A against Bahawalpur, he kept wicket. Apart from his Tests he kept wicket during most of his career in Pakistan.

He was twelfth man for two Tests when the West Indies toured Pakistan in 1958-59, and he toured England with Pakistan Eaglets, a team of promising young players, in 1959, scoring 1608 runs on a three-month tour of non-first-class matches.[4]

After a total of nine first-class matches and 255 runs at an average of 21.25 and a top score of 67, Sharpe made his Test debut for Pakistan against Australia in Dacca on 13 November 1959. Batting at number five, he scored 56 and 35, more runs than any of his team-mates in a low-scoring match that Pakistan lost. He was not successful in the next two Tests.

He made his first first-class century later that season, 118 for a Combined XI against the touring Indian Starlets in Lahore. In 1960-61 he scored 109 for Lahore against Rawalpindi and Peshawar in the Ayub Trophy semi-final in Lahore.

Career in Australia[edit]

Disappointed by his non-selection for Pakistan's 1960-61 tour of India, he decided to emigrate to Australia. Sponsored by Barry Jarman, he moved to Adelaide in 1961[5] and played Sheffield Shield cricket with South Australia alongside the likes of Gary Sobers and Jarman from 1961-62 to 1965-66. He hit 50 not out in the first Sheffield Shield match of the season in 1961-62 against Western Australia but was less successful thereafter and played irregularly. His highest score for South Australia was 72 in the first match of the 1965-66 season against Victoria, but his next match was also his last; like his first, ten years earlier, it was against a touring MCC team - for whom Ken Barrington and Jim Parks had played in both matches.[6]

Don Bradman found him a job assisting the groundsman at Adelaide Oval, and he developed his skills and qualifications and later became a foreman of parks and gardens in Melbourne.[2]

Sharpe lives with his wife Gillian in Melbourne. They have six children.[7] He also has a son from an earlier marriage in Pakistan.[2]


  1. ^ Youhana's leap of faith
  2. ^ a b c d Richard Heller and Peter Oborne, White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistan Cricket, Simon & Schuster, London, 2016, pp. 102–11.
  3. ^ "Railways and Baluchistan v MCC 1955-56". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Gideon Haigh, Silent Revolutions, Black Inc, Melbourne, 2006, p. 286.
  5. ^ Gideon Haigh, The Summer Game, Text, Melbourne, 1997, p. 137.
  6. ^ "South Australia v MCC 1965-66". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Haigh, Silent Revolutions, p. 284.

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