Shakeem Clarke

Next Tuesday, 23rd May, we welcome Shakeem Clarke to this country. He will play his first game at Birkenhead Park on 27th May

Here is his bio-pic :-

Full name: Shakeem Clarke
Birthdate: April 9th, 1995
Current age: 22 years
Playing role: fast bowler
Batting style: Right hand batsman
Bowling style: Right arm fast

Shakeem Clarke

Other:
Education: Barbados Community College, St. Michael School, Deighton Griffith Secondary, Wesley Hall Junior & Primary
Mission: To be a successful Professional and International Cricket Player
Cricket Idol: Dale Steyn.
Major teams: Irene Villagers Cricket Club, South Africa (2016) … Went to South Africa to commence a three year developmental programme organized by Tony Cozier of Wanderers, and Fanie DeVilliers of South Africa;
Wanderers Club, Barbados 2013 – present (played first Elite game ever in 2014)
Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, UK (2013) …
Barbados Community College (Under 19)
St. Michael School, Barbados (2011 & 2012 2nd Division School Champions)
St. Michael School Alumni (Joel Garner T20)
Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Barbados (2009 Under 15 Finalist)
Gee Spot Regional Tigers,
Passage United Club, Barbados (Under 13) (2009 Inspire Sports Champs)
Wesley Hall Junior School, Barbados (Herman Griffith Primary Schools Competition)
Invitational teams :-
Combermere School Touring team to Florida 2015
Wolverhampton Club, UK (Invitational) 2013
Worcestershire Cricket Academy, UK (Under 19) 2013 (2 latter organized by late Damian D O’liveira)
ACHIEVEMENTS
Called to trials for the Barbados Cricket Team 2016
Cricket Coach Foundation Level (BCA) 2015
Member of Barbados Under 17 Cricket Team 2012
Sir Everton Weekes Centre of Excellence, Barbados 2012 selectee
Most Outstanding Player, St. Michael School Year 2011-2012
Player of Series, Zone A, Barbados Cricket Association, Inter-Schools Cricket Series 2011

Some past performances for Clubs, Schools and/or representative team(s)...
Barbados Cricket Association - (BCA) Elite Division Championship 2016
Wanderers vs Empire 2016 ~ 16.1 overs, 4 maidens, 26 runs, 5 wickets
Wanderers vs St. Catherine ~ 10 overs, 0 maidens, 46 runs, 6 wickets (including hat trick)
Wanderers vs Barbados Youth ~ 15 overs, 5 maidens, 46 runs, 7 wickets
Barbados Cricket Association - (BCA) 50-over Championship 2016

Wanderers vs YMPC ~ 10 overs, 2 maidens, 36 runs, 5 wickets
South Africa Premier League 60 Overs 2016
Irene Villagers vs Police ~ 8 overs, 2 maidens, 30 runs, 5 wickets
BCA Sagicor T20 Quarter Final 2015
Wanderers vs Maple ~ 1 over, 0 maidens, 8 runs, 3 wickets,
BCA Under 19 40 overs 2013
Barbados Community College vs St. Michael School ~ 4 overs, 1 maiden, 16 runs, 7wickets,
Shakeem Clarke is the son of one of the cricket greats, the late Sylvester Clarke. At age three (3),
his dad bought him his first cricket gear - a blue and orange gear bag; pads, gloves, bat, even
stumps. On Saturday mornings, Shakeem would go with his father to prepare the wicket at
Crusaders Club, where he played locally.
At age 4 or 5 after his father’s death, his mother enrolled him in Junior Cricket; first Spartan
Cricket Club and soon afterwards Wanderers.
However, it was at Wesley Hall Junior’s that he started to play, representing the school in
Herman Griffith. Shakeem then joined Passage United, and was a member of the two time
winning teams in the “Inspire Sports Under 13 Cricket Competition”.
At the Deighton Griffith Secondary School, he played Under 13, Under 15 and 2nd Division
cricket. In 2009 in the final of the BCA/Lime Under 15 competition vs Combermere.
It was at the St. Michael School that Shakeem made the greatest impact in schools’ cricket. He
played in two St. Michael champion teams in the BCA Goddard Enterprises Schools' three-day
Competition.
In the last season at Wanderers (2016), he had the most wickets overall, 31, and contributed
favourably with the bat at times.
He had returned from the first stint of a disciplined developmental programme in South Africa
better equipped to bowl, especially.
Shakeem will always be grateful for the help and guidance provided by several persons: Among
them, Mr. Ezra Moseley, cricket coach at the St. Michael School, Mr. Roddy Estwick who is also
his Uncle, Wanderers coach Ricky Clarke under whose guidance he has progressed;
Passage United’s coach Richard Clarke, his early mentor; Wanderers captain Kraigg Brathwaite,
has had a positive influence on his life; Mr. Tony Cozier for assisting in giving him the
opportunity to go to South Africa on the developmental programme; Mr. Fanie DeVilliers who
spearheaded the SA developmental programme; and Kevin Skjoldhammer who played with his
dad in SA and is keen in seeing Shakeem’s progression.
Shakeem is awesomely aware of the pressure of being the son of a great one. “Perhaps Dad was
my greatest influence” he said. However, it is his desire to reach the highest in his game and to
surpass his father’s greatness. However, his mother is his driving inspiration. She keeps him
going and gives him all the encouragement and support. She has been, and is still visible for all
his games. He also does a lot of reading on cricket. A strong Christian upbringing has kept him
pinned to the belief that, “Without God I would never be where I am.” and the mantra “I can do
all things through Christ, who gives me strength” gives him the passion.