West Indies news January 30, 2012

Omari Banks announces retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Omari Banks, the former West Indies allrounder, has announced his retirement from cricket. Banks, 29, was the first Test cricketer from the island of Anguilla, and represented West Indies in ten Tests and five ODIs between 2003 and 2005. He continued to play for Leeward Islands till 2010-11, after a three-season spell with Somerset ended in 2009.

One of the highlights of Banks' international career was his unbeaten 47 against Australia in 2003 when West Indies famously hunted down 418, still the largest successful chase in Test history. He also captained Leeward Islands on the domestic circuit, and played 80 first-class matches after making his debut in 2000-01.

Banks currently works as a physical education teacher in Anguilla, and has also been trying to build a career in music. He is the son of reggae musician Bankie Banx, and his first single 'Move On', will be part of his father's upcoming album, 'Just Cool', due to be released on March 6.

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  • Simon on February 1, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    His retiring is no big thing as far as West Indiies cricket is concerned

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    OMG i miss Haynes,Grenedge,Viv, gomes, loyd, richardson, dujon ,marshall,ambrose,waslh,garner umm with the exception of individuals chanderpaul lara Ambrose and walsh, man wi suck for the last 10 years !!!

  • Rimtu on January 31, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Yes the Caribbean is in dire need of another reggae musician, they've been in short supplies since Bob Marley... it's the quality spinners they have plenty of. Makes perfect sense...in lala land!

  • Navi on January 30, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Huh? Wht? Who? ?????????????????

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