Anisa Mohammed

VETERAN PLAYER: Anisa Mohammed

Experienced West Indies women off-spinner Anisa Mohammed ended 2021 as the highest wicket-taker for the regional side in One Day Internationals (ODIs) but says she will be striving to do even better in 2022.

The 33-year-old Trinidadian has 20 wickets in 12 matches at 18 runs per wicket, confirming her position among the best in the game and going into the new year at number 25 in the ICC ODI bowling rankings.

“It feels good to finish on top with the most wickets in ODIs. It has been a while since I’ve actually picked up so many wickets so it’s a really good feeling and I’m hoping that I’m able to continue in 2022. From January to July we did a lot of skills work in the build-up to the matches, so I think that helped,” Mohammed said.

“I think I’ve really had a good year this year compared to the last five years. For 2022, hopefully I can have an even better year than in 2021 and that would be icing on the cake.”

Mohammed added: “The batters around the world are improving with more improvisation and shot-selection…their skills are getting better, so it is more challenging. As a bowler you have to keep improving as well, to stay on top of the game, so there is always something to work on.”

She played a crucial role in the series wins against Pakistan in the Caribbean in the summer and away in November. Her best bowling figures were 4-27 off 9.4 overs against the Pakistanis at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

It was the second best of the year for West Indies—Hayley Matthews had 4-26 in Karachi, while the third best came from Sheneta Grimmond who took 4-33 against the visiting South Africa at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in September.

Overall, Mohammed is the most successful bowler in West Indies history. Since her debut against Japan back in 2003, she has taken 296 wickets at the international level— 171 in in 134 ODIs and 125 in 117 T20Is.

She is eagerly looking forward to the ICC Women’s World Cup, which will be played in New Zealand in March and April. “It is great we have qualified for the World Cup and everyone in the team is working towards that tournament. It is a big occasion in any sport, in anyone’s career to play in a World Cup and we really want to put in a great performance for the West Indies.”


After 22 months off the field, team sports have been given the green light to start playing again.

Yesterday, through a Ministry of Sport release, Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe, confirmed that her Ministry’s Safe Zone Return to Play plan has been approved and will take effect from today.

The Comoros Islands will have to use an outfield player in goal against hosts Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations after a Covid outbreak in the squad.

A total of 12 cases have been reported in their camp, the Comoros Football Federation said on Saturday, including their coach and two available goalkeepers ahead of today’s game.

The T&T women’s hockey team ended the group phase of the Pan American Cup tournament in Santiago, Chile, with another heavy defeat — 13-0 to Canada, yesterday.

But Peru’s 20-0 hammering at the stick of the United States women meant the local stickwomen still qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament as the third-placed team in Pool B.

The West Indies could not replicate the dominance they had exerted over England in the first match on Saturday, and paid the price, losing yesterday’s second T20 International by one run at Kensington Oval.

Given the chance to bowl at the English batters first up once more, the West Indies bowlers were unable to contain them in the way they had in game one.

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Hayden Mitchell and Jermillle Danclar recently retained their posts on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) executive.

After being first appointed in 2020, Mitchell and Danclar will serve on the Beach Tennis Committee, and the Seniors Committee, respectively for another two years.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is off to another great start on the PGA TOUR Champions in Hawaii, on Saturday.

Jimenez, the cigar-smoking, free-spirited Spaniard, birdied the par-4 18th hole in regulation for a 6-under 66 and then beat Steven Alker on the second playoff hole to win the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai for the third time.