Vasbert Drakes

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Vasbert Drakes
Personal information
Full nameVasbert Conniel Drakes
Born (1969-08-05) 5 August 1969 (age 52)
Springhead, Saint Andrew, Barbados
BowlingRight-arm fast
RelationsDominic Drakes (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 246)8 December 2002 v Bangladesh
Last Test16 January 2004 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 72)8 March 1995 v Australia
Last ODI25 January 2004 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 12 34 164 217
Runs scored 386 94 4,774 1,787
Batting average 21.44 7.83 21.12 15.40
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 4/17 1/1
Top score 67 25 180* 104
Balls bowled 2,617 1,640 31,528 10,447
Wickets 33 51 614 279
Bowling average 41.27 25.35 26.16 26.10
5 wickets in innings 1 2 28 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 3 0
Best bowling 5/93 5/33 8/59 5/19
Catches/stumpings 2/– 5/– 53/– 36/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 21 September 2017

Vasbert Conniel Drakes (born 5 August 1969 in Springhead, Saint Andrew, Barbados) is a former West Indian cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. He was a right-arm fast bowler and handy right-hand lower order batsman. Currently, he is coach of West Indies women's cricket team.

He is perhaps best known for taking a spectacular diving catch in a Cricket World Cup match against Canada.


Drakes made his international debut in 1994–95, when he played 5 ODI games against Australia cricket team, followed by a tour of England. He did not return to the side until the age of 33, when in September 2002 he was named in the West Indies cricket team' squad for the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy.

He took the wicket of Jacques Kallis in his first international over for seven years. For the next two years, he became a regular in the side and played 12 Tests for the West Indies cricket team, debuting against Bangladesh cricket team at Dhaka on 8 December 2002.[1][2]

He played in the 2003 ICC World Cup and finished his career with 33 Test wickets and 51 ODI wickets. With the bat, he once made 67 his only half century in international cricket. His most important Test innings, however, was arguably his unbeaten 27 which helped the West Indies cricket team to chase down a world-record target of 418, set by Australia cricket team in Antigua.

The reason for his long absence from the side was his unavailability to play international cricket due to playing first-class cricket full-time. He played county cricket in the English summer and in the winter represented Border cricket team in South Africa.

He is one of only six batsmen in the history of first-class cricket to be given out timed out. His case was all the more peculiar as he was not even in the country at the time. His flight to South Africa, where the match was being played, had been delayed by several hours.[3]

In honor of his best bowling performance of 5 for 93 against Australia cricket team the 'Vasbert' award is named after him.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After his cricketing career, Drakes was appointed coach of United Arab Emirates national cricket team for a three-month period that included the 2008 Asia Cup and 2008 ACC Trophy Elite. Then he took over coaching for Barbados cricket team.[5][6] He was also briefly the coach of Queen's Park Cricket Club.[7]

In April 2015, Drakes was name head coach of West Indies women's cricket team.[8][9] He led the West Indies women's cricket team to their first major title by winning the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ The loneliness of the West Indian fast bowler
  2. ^ The Friday Column April 30, 2004 Capitalising on chances, and Vaas the minnow-basher
  3. ^ Lynch, Steven (31 July 2006). "Strauss's rare feat, and Jayasuriya's unique one". CricInfo. ESPN. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  4. ^ Disappearing acts
  5. ^ Radley, Paul (20 August 2008). "Drakes is gone, not forgotten". The National. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Vasbert Drakes Appointed Coach of UAE". Cricket World. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ Drakes calls for better facilities
  8. ^ Vasbert Drakes Grooms The Next Generation
  9. ^ Facts about the Barbadian all-rounder who made a stunning comeback at 33
  10. ^ Women World T20 finals: Australia wins toss, elects to bat
  11. ^ Favourite Australia faces a determined West Indies

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