Younus Khan – the steely Pakistani warrior

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published October 31, 2016

Younus Khan’s career has gone through many off-the-field interruptions. However, despite them all, he stands as one of the greatest Test batsmen of all-time, including Pakistan’s all-time best. 

Pakistan batsman Younus Khan has moved up three places to second position in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen (Photo credit: Ineternational Cricket Council)

Pakistan batsman Younus Khan has moved up three places to second position in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen
(Photo credit: International Cricket Council)

Earlier this week, the latest International Cricket Council Test Player batting rankings were revealed and the talking point was the jump by an old guard, Younus Khan, to number two in the world. As is customary, the ranking tables are usually overrun with young stars or up-and-coming cricketers: Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, AB de Villiers, and others. However, who is Younus Khan? Continue reading

History is a cycle, when will West Indies’ turn come again?

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published October 24, 2016

The past 10 years have seen a plethora of teams climbing to the top rung of world cricket. West Indies, however, have not sniffed the top for almost 20 years. When will they return?

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A few years ago, it was unfathomable to see the Test rankings in cricket without Australia, England or West Indies at the top or in the top-2. However, that is the case now with India and Pakistan firmly affixed at the top rung of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings. Oh, how the bell tolls for thee. Continue reading

Whom should we believe: Bravo or Garner?

By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published October 10, 2016

Dwayne Bravo and Joel Garner have a difference of opinion about the performance and preparation of the West Indies team for the UAE tour against Pakistan. Whom should we believe?

Dwayne Bravo (left) and Joel Garner (right) have a difference of opinion about the performance and preparation of the West Indies team for the tour of UAE against Pakistan.

Dwayne Bravo (left) and Joel Garner (right) have a difference of opinion about the performance and preparation of the West Indies team for the tour of UAE against Pakistan.

A few weeks ago, I went scouring through the Supreme and Appellate court databases to see if my civil case regarding an accident that happened almost seven years was going to be called up. To my surprise, I pounced upon another case between one of my career mentors/spiritual role models, and his aunt. The judge after hearing both sides of the story – involving the two – formulated what he thought was the truth and delivered his verdict.

Last week, there were conflicting stories from members of West Indies cricket regarding the mood, preparation, and performance of the West Indies cricket team, who is on tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Continue reading

Are you prepared for the next 12 months in WI cricket?

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published October 3, 2016

The next 12 months in West Indies cricket will be crucial to its relevance in world cricket. Can West Indies qualify automatically for the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup? Can the team improve in the Test arena?

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 15 July 2019.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 15 July 2019.

September 30, 2017, will mark a monumental day for West Indies cricket. Next year, this time, the portrait foretelling West Indies future will be crystal clear. Will West Indies continue to sink, merely stay afloat or propel through the choppy waters of world cricket? The September 30 date next year signifies the end of the qualifying period for the 2019 ICC ODI World, which will be held in England and Wales. West Indies have already missed qualification for the other ICC ODI tournament due to be held in England and Wales next year, the ICC Champions Trophy.

By the time September 30 approaches, the foreseeable future might see West Indies Cricket Board or Cricket West Indies – as it might be called then –  already with a new board president and – for sure – the appointment of a new coach. The current president, Dave Cameron, might decide to step aside when the presidential elections are due in March next year. Alternatively, he may decide to remain at the helm, as he attempts to stir the West Indian ship through the storm and against the turbulent waves. Continue reading