|Full name||Duncan Albert Sharpe|
3 August 1937 |
Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India
|Bowling||Right arm off-break|
|Test debut (cap 32)||13 November 1959 v Australia|
|Last Test||9 December 1959 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
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.)
Career in Pakistan
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. Duncan Sharpe took a job as a clerk with Pakistan Railways when he was 17.
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. 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.
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
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 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.
- Youhana's leap of faith
- Richard Heller and Peter Oborne, White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistan Cricket, Simon & Schuster, London, 2016, pp. 102–11.
- "Railways and Baluchistan v MCC 1955-56". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 June 2017. (Subscription required (. ))
- Gideon Haigh, Silent Revolutions, Black Inc, Melbourne, 2006, p. 286.
- Gideon Haigh, The Summer Game, Text, Melbourne, 1997, p. 137.
- "South Australia v MCC 1965-66". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 June 2017. (Subscription required (. ))
- Haigh, Silent Revolutions, p. 284.