West Indian ‘schoolboys’ humble mighty England

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published September 4, 2017

Described as ‘schoolboys’ playing against men after the first Test, West Indies beat England in the second Test to register their first Test match victory in England in 17 years. 

West Indies huddle up during nets.
(Source: Reuters)

Two weeks ago, West Indian cricketers were quickly labelled as ‘schoolboys’ unfit to play Test cricket. This occurred after West Indies’ unholy capitulation to England by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test match of the series at Edgbaston. The defeat was West Indies’ sixth worst over their 89-year history in Test cricket. Almost instantly, the whispers of an urgent need for a two-tier system in Test cricket overflowed the commentaries in the newspapers, on the radio and on the telly.

West Indian and English legends lamented the inglorious surrender by the current West Indies team. For several of them, it was diametric to the legacy of the 1980s West Indies team, which domineered world cricket.

“This West Indies lot are the worst Test match team I have seen in more than 50 years”

– Geofrrey Boycott

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Stick to Cricket, Please!

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published January 18, 2016

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Chris Gayle apologizes to Mel McLaughlin for his inappropriate comments

Let this be the last article to discuss the Chris Gayle firestorm that erupted two weeks ago. I’m tired of hearing about it. You are tired of reading about. So, let’s put a cap on it.

The Chris Gayle inappropriate incident is what it is: inappropriate. Personally, I don’t condone such behaviour either from a male or a female on the job. Privately, off the job, that’s another matter.

Gayle by his mere actions has awakened several underbellies of the human psyche which can only be described as the good, the sad and the despicable. Continue reading

Remembering Bob Woolmer: A Gem of a Man

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published March 23, 2015

Bob Woolmer at a hearing, The Oval, September 28, 2006 ©Getty Images

Bob Woolmer at a hearing, The Oval, September 28, 2006
© Getty Images

The preliminary round of the 2015 World Cup has ended. West Indies have qualified for the quarterfinals. My mind is at ease, for now. I sit in the black couch of my quaint living room; exhausted from a day of cooking, cleaning and washing. When you are the father of a 3-year-old that’s all you seem to do: cook, clean, wash. My daughter is fast asleep. Dora the Explorer, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and SpongeBob are sleeping too. It’s time for another love in my life: cricket.

 

Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje address a press conference at Lord's, May 1998 ©Getty Images

11 May 1998: Portrait of South African Coach Bob Woolmer and Captain Hansie Cronje during a press conference at Lord’s in London. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

 

I turn on the telly. Sky Sports has gone back in time. They are showing the highlights of arguably the greatest World Cup match ever: South Africa versus Australia in the 1999 World Cup semifinal. I begin to relive the end of this memorable match. South African Lance Klusener crushes the first two balls of the 50th over to the boundary. South Africa is 1 run away from the World Cup final. Continue reading

Marking those feats of Sir Garfield Sobers

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Originally published March 1, 2015 (The Jamaica Observer)

Republished March 2, 2015

 

Sir Garfield Sobers © Jamaica Observer

Sir Garfield Sobers © Jamaica Observer

 

TALL yet agile, casual yet graceful, special yet modest … a few words used to describe a cricketing genius and National Hero from the island of Barbados.

However, some of his most memorable feats occurred across the Caribbean Sea on the island of Jamaica, the land of wood and water.

Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, aka Garry Sobers, is often described as “the greatest cricketer or all-rounder of all time”. Though known for his all-round feats with the ball, bat and in the field, in reality, he was probably the greatest batsman of all-time or of the modern era (post-World War II). Continue reading