Clive Lloyd: 50 years of indelible service to West Indies cricket

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Written December 15, 2016
Published December 19, 2016, in The Western Mirror

For 50 years, Clive Lloyd has given indelible and selfless service to West Indies and world cricket.  He is a legend in the game of cricket, both inside and beyond the boundary.

Clive Lloyd hinted at a nefarious plot to call Narine for chucking during the 2014 Champions League and have him excluded from the West Indies vs India series and the 2015 World Cup © Getty Images

Clive Lloyd has given indelible and selfless service to West Indies and world cricket for over 50 years.
© Getty Images

Several years ago, as a youngster growing up, eager to learn about the exploits and history of West Indies cricket, my dad handed me a book published in 1983. The book was written by Henderson Dalrymple and titled “50 Great West Indian Test Cricketers”. Dalrymple, a West Indian-born English-based journalist, had written for the Yorkshire Post, the New Musical Express and several black publications in the United Kingdom. Though Dalrymple authored and co-authored books on Reggae and Bob Marley – as if I needed more motivation – four words on the front cover of this book on West Indian cricketers would ensure I opened it, and read it, cover to cover. Those four words were “Foreword by Clive Lloyd.

Last week Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of Clive Hubert Lloyd’s debut for West Indies on December 13, 1966. Like his cousin, another West Indian great, Lancelot “Lance” Gibbs, Lloyd was a true West Indian from birth – twice over – being the product of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father. Nevertheless, it was Lloyd who would become the towering image of West Indian pride, fervour and unity, and its greatest captain. Like Sir Frank Worrell, another great West Indian captain and statesman before him, Lloyd understood how important winning on the cricket field was to the Caribbean people and his role in achieving the same. Continue reading

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The lengthy Blatter-FIFA divorce is finally complete

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published December 12, 2016 in the Western Mirror

With the 41-year Sepp Blatter-FIFA marriage over and the divorce finally complete, will FIFA’s operations improve under new president Gianni Infantino. Or, will it be more of the riddled, Mafia-esque and Byzantine same?

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Sepp Blatter
Source: Sky Sports

In any love affair gone wrong, there comes a time when both parties must accept the end of their relationship or marriage. Oftentimes, it is best to end things as smoothly as possible, even if the love has been long lost for some time. The longer it takes for the end, the higher the cost and damage to each other’s dignity and self-esteem, with ofttimes grave and disastrous consequences to each other’s emotional, mental and, in some instances,  physical well-being.

Last week, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, once the most powerful man in sports and the former president of FIFA, saw his reduced six-year ban and eventual divorce from the sport of football upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Continue reading

2016 IAAF Male and Female Athletes of the Year should go to…

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Written December 1, 2016
Published December 5, 2016, in the Western Mirror

The finalists for the IAAF Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards were announced. The eventual winners will be declared over the weekend. The deserving winners should be …

The finalists for the 2016 IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 are (in alphabetical order): Men: Usain Bolt (JAM), Mo Farah (GBR) and Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) Women: Almaz Ayana (ETH), Elaine Thompson (JAM) and Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) (Photo credit: Getty Images)

The finalists for the 2016 IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 are (in alphabetical order):
Men: Usain Bolt (JAM), Mo Farah (GBR) and Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)
Women: Almaz Ayana (ETH), Elaine Thompson (JAM) and Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

By the time this is published, the world would have been told the names of the individuals who are the 2016 IAAF Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The finalists on the men’s side included our own Jamaican Usain St. Leo Bolt, Britain’s long distance king Mo Farah and the South African gazelle Wayde van Niekerk. On the women’s side, we had our own Jamaican Elaine Thompson, Ethiopia’s new long distance queen Almaz Ayana and the Polish woman of might, Anita Wlodarczyk.

Despite my Jamaican roots and prejudices, I do not believe Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson should be the worthy winners of this year’s awards. Continue reading