The island nation Trinidad & Tobago have been a vital provider of quality cricketers to the West Indian cricket team ever since the islands came together to form their own team. To this day, they remain one of the most important domestic sides in the Caribbean.
The team have existed since 1869, producing excellent cricketers who have gone on to carve out distinguished careers in the international arena. Taking into account the number of excellent players who have represented Trinidad & Tobago, here are five of the best.
5. Sunil Narine
The West Indies have never been blessed with ‘mystery’ spinners but with the emergence of Trinidad & Tobago’s Sunil Narine, they now have the finest limited-overs spinner in the world. Narine’s ability to bowl the big off-spinner, the doosra and the carrom ball, in addition to other tricks make him a difficult bowler to score off in limited overs cricket.
He made his debut for Trinidad & Tobago back in 2009 and in 2011, won his first international cap for the West Indies. Narine has played only six Test matches but in one-day internationals and T20Is, he remains an essential part of the West Indies set-up.
In 65 one-dayers, he has taken 92 wickets at an average of 26.46, More importantly, he concedes only a shade over 4 runs per over. In 48 T20Is, the Trinidadian has 50 wickets, but yet again, it is his economy rate of a just over 6 that makes him such an important player. Narine plays T20 cricket for a variety of franchises all across the world in private leagues and remains one of the best spinners in modern limited-overs cricket.
4. Ian Bishop
He might be known more for his fine abilities as a commentator at the moment, but had it not been for injuries, Ian Bishop would have definitely gone on to become one of the best fast bowlers of his generation.
Bishop is, however, definitely the best fast bowler to have been produced by Trinidad & Tobago and after making his first-class debut in 1986-87, he was picked to play for the West Indies in the home series against India in 1989.
Bishop had the ability to not only bowl at great pace but also swing the ball and generate seam movement. He was also capable of bowling a mean bouncer. That made him a very difficult bowler to face and a tally of 161 wickets in 43 Test matches at an average of 24.27 is a testament to his abilities as a bowler.
In one-dayers, he picked up 118 wickets in 84 games. However, a vertebral stress fracture reared its ugly head in 1991 and Bishop had to change his action to keep going. That did not prevent his body from breaking down though and he eventually retired from the game in 1998. That being said, his status as one of Trinidad & Tobago’s greatest bowlers is not in question.