There are not many cricketers in the world who have had their cricket bat retained by US customs, and had holes drilled in it as part of a drug search, but New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham now has.
The all-rounder was flying through America with his Caribbean Premier league side Guyana Amazon Warriors when his bat was inspected, apparently for hidden drugs. The US customs officers thought it wise to drill four holes in the bat to carry out their inspection.
The 23-year-old has never been involved in any drug taking and has never been in trouble with the authorities so it was as much of a shock to him as anyone else.
Neesham has only played four Test matches and 11 ODIs in his short international career so far. However, the Amazon Warriors were quick to sign him for this year's CPL as a replacement for Corey Anderson.
The left-handed batsmen and right-arm fast-medium bowler has played in all eight CPL games for Guyana so far, taking seven wickets and hitting a high score of 35 against the Tallawahs last week. The Warriors currently sit in mid-table in the CPL after winning five, and losing three, of their first eight games.
Born in Auckland the New Zealand international left his home-town club to move to Otago where his career then took an upward turn. After being called up to the New Zealand T20 and ODI sides, and producing some very impressive performances, he was rewarded with a Test debut earlier this year.
His Test debut was also impressive as he struck 137 against India, batting at number eight, which was the highest score on Test debut by a number eight.
He then followed this up in his next Test with another hundred against the West Indies to become the first New Zealander to score centuries in his first two Tests. In his four Test career so far he averages 64 with the bat.
Neesham is regarded as one of the most impressive cricketers to emerge from New Zealand in recent times but he is now searching for a new bat after the over-zealous US customs' actions.
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