If you are stumped off a wide first delivery you face is it a diamond duck? Because although you have literally faced a ball it won't be recorded as a ball faced because of the wide (as evident here, Hayden faced 3 balls in the over he was dismissed but only 2 were counted cause he was stumped off a wide).

So if you are dismissed in this manner are you out for a diamond duck or not, as you will be out for 0 runs off 0 deliveries, but you will have also faced a ball? If not, does it have a special name too?

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Its just called diamond duck

This discussion provides much more clarity to this matter :

Kieron Pollard was stumped off a wide from the first ball he received in the World Twenty20 match against England. Is this the first such "diamond duck" from a stumping rather than a run-out in international cricket? asked Tom from Australia

Rather surprisingly, we can trace only one previous instance in international cricket of a batsman being stumped first ball off a wide (thus going down in the scorebook as having faced 0 balls). The man who preceded Kieron Pollard in the Twenty20 international in Providence last week was the Canadian fast bowler Henry Osinde, who was stumped first ball by Niall O'Brien off an Alex Cusack wide while playing Ireland in a one-day international during the World Cup qualifying tournament in Benoni in April 2009. It's possible there are further undetected instances - and several other people have been stumped off wides at later stages of their innings in limited-overs internationals.



Yes, according to Wikipedia, but with the allowance for regional definitional differences.

A batsman who is dismissed without facing a ball (most usually run out from the non-striker's end, but alternatively stumped or run out off a wide delivery) is said to be out for a diamond duck, but in some regions that term has an alternative definition. [My italics.]


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    It would be preferable if you give a reference other than wikipedia... Oct 30, 2013 at 1:03

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