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Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop

Player: West Indies (1988- 1998)

Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, was one of their leading pacemen in the early 1990’s and the fast bowler has gone on to forge a successful career as a television commentator since retirement. He joined the MCC World Cricket committee in 2017.

Born in 1967 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Bishop made his first-class debut for Trinidad & Tobago in 1986, two years before he made his international bow for West Indies.

His debut came initially in One-Day International cricket against England at Headingley in 1988, as he was added to a side that already included a formidable pace attack of Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh.

His first foray into Test cricket came a year later against India at Georgetown in a match that he was able to bowl only nine overs due to rain, but the second Test at Bridgetown proved much more fruitful as he claimed match figures of 7 for 142 in an eight-wicket victory.

Despite suffering injuries which halted his career at two separate intervals, Bishop played 43 Test matches for the West Indies, taking 161 wickets at a fine average of 24.27, which puts him in eleventh position on their all-time wicket-taking list. 

His best performance came as he took 8 for 57 in the match, including 6 for 40 in the second innings, as helped his side blow away Australia in a crushing win on a typically quick Perth pitch in 1993.

He also stands at eleventh on their all-time wicket-takers list in ODIs, having claimed 118 scalps in 84 matches, at an average of 29.53. His best bowling in white-ball cricket came as Pakistan crumbled to 71 all out in Brisbane in 1993, his figures of 5 for 25 that of a chief destroyer.

He bid goodbye to the game as player in 1998 due to the back problems that had hampered him earlier in his career, but he has since become a television commentator around the globe and is a well-respected voice on cricket.

 


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