Omari Banks

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Omari Banks
Personal information
Full nameOmari Ahmed Clement Banks
Born (1982-07-17) 17 July 1982 (age 36)
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 250)1 May 2003 v Australia
Last Test22 July 2005 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 112)17 May 2003 v Australia
Last ODI7 August 2005 v India
Domestic team information
2000–2011Leeward Islands
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 10 5 80 73
Runs scored 318 83 2,757 1,228
Batting average 26.50 16.60 25.52 28.55
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 2/16 0/9
Top score 50* 33 108 77*
Balls bowled 2,401 270 14,507 3,037
Wickets 28 7 204 81
Bowling average 48.82 27.00 37.06 27.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 8 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 4/87 2/24 7/41 4/23
Catches/stumpings 6/– 0/– 46/– 16/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 June 2017

Omari Ahmed Clement Banks (born 17 July 1982) is an Anguillan musician and former cricketer, who appeared in 10 Test matches for the West Indies, as well as domestic matches for the Leeward Islands. In 2011, Banks began to pursue his musical career professionally and has been less involved in playing regional cricket,[1] and officially retired from cricket on 31 January 2012.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

Test career[edit]

The son of noted Anguillan musician Bankie Banx, he became the first Anguillan to play Test cricket in May 2003.[3] During his first innings, despite picking up three wickets, he conceded 204 runs in 40 overs, which was at the time the most number of runs conceded by a Test debutant, although it has since been surpassed by Jason Krejza.[4] His lower order batting is confident and assured, and he played a significant part in the highest successful fourth-innings chase in Test history,[5] remaining 47 not out in West Indies 418 for 7 against Australia at the Antigua Recreation Ground in 2003.[6]

Domestic career[edit]

Banks has played for the Leeward Islands since 2000. During the 2001 season, Banks played at Leicester. He later played for Carnforth Cricket Club, in the summer of 2006 in Northern Premier League. He averaged 54.6 with the bat, whilst taking 27 wickets at a brief spell at the Lancashire club, before being called up to the West Indies 'A' team on the tour of England. In October 2007 he was signed by Somerset; due to Anguilla's status as a British overseas territory, he does not count as an overseas player.[7]

On 9 July 2009 he was suspended for 12 days by the England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary panel for ball tampering, he was found guilty of running his thumb and fingernails over the ball during Somerset's 2nd XI match against Essex at Vale on 1 July 2009.[8] Somerset released the all-rounder after the close of the 2009 season, with Brian Rose stating "He hasn't had the performances to justify another contract."[9]

Banks officially retired from professional cricket on January 25, 2012 to focus on his musical career.[10]

Music career[edit]

Banks' first single "Move On" was released on iTunes on January 17, 2012 as part of Bankie Banx's album Just Cool. His upcoming album is currently untitled and expected to be released in Spring 2012.[11] One of the first singles on his album is "Move On" a semi-biographical song about his transition from cricket to music. Banks explained to Basil Walters of the Jamaica Observer, "In life we tend to go through different ups and downs, but the most important thing is that we move on and grow from it. That's what the song is about really. I wrote the song and the music, but on the track itself it has a number of big name musicians like Junior Jazz, Glen Browne, Robbie Lyn and Sly Dunbar. Steven Stanley produced the track." [12]

Omari Banks and his band Eleven performed at the Miss Anguilla pageant in August 2011 as part of Anguilla's Summer Festival.[13]

Even as a cricketer Omari made various radio and television appearances and discussed his passion for music and the hope of one day pursuing music full-time. He appeared on the syndicated Caribbean entertainment program Caribbean Soundtrack in summer 2010 [14] His 2014 music video "No Point to Prove" featured Peetah Morgan of the group Morgan Heritage.

Omari released his latest album Move On (Deluxe Edition) [1] on February 17th, 2015. He recently embarked on a tour of Toronto,ON Canada to promote new music which will be released in late 2015.

In 2015 he toured Europe with Morgan Heritage. In 2016 he released the single "System Set", featuring Duane Stephenson.[15]

Omari Banks won Best new artist 2017 by Irie Jam Radio online awards [16] and was nominated for 2017 artist of the year at Linkage Radio awards [17]. In May 2018, Omari Banks premiered Reggae Summertime video in India [18] [19].

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 6 August 2005 33 (44 balls, 1x6) ; 10-1-24-2  West Indies won by 33 runs.[20]


  1. ^ "From cricket to music – Omari Banks makes the move". Jamaica Observer. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  2. ^ "Omari Banks announces retirement". Cricinfo. 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Omari Banks Is Anguilla's Hero". The Anguillan. 19 June 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  4. ^ Brettig, Daniel (7 November 2008). "Only Massie better than Krejza". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  5. ^ "Records / Test matches / Team records / Highest fourth innings totals". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  6. ^ "4th Test: West Indies v Australia at St John's, May 9–13, 2003". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  7. ^ "Somerset sign all-rounder Banks". BBC Sport. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  8. ^ "Omari Banks banned for ball tampering". Cricinfo. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  9. ^ "Somerset let all-rounder Banks go". BBC Sport. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  10. ^ "Omari Banks Announces Retirement". Stabroek News. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  11. ^ "From cricket to music – Omari Banks makes the move". Jamaica Observer. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  12. ^ "From cricket to music – Omari Banks makes the move". Jamaica Observer. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  13. ^ "Olufunmike crowned Miss Anguilla 2011". The Daily Herald. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  14. ^ "Omari Banks featured on Caribbean Soundtrack". Antigua Observer. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  15. ^ "Omari Banks Rails", Jamaica Observer, 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016
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  20. ^ "2005-2006 Indian Oil Cup - 5th Match - Sri Lanka v West Indies - Colombo". HowStat. Retrieved 19 November 2016.

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