Sulieman Jamaal Benn
(b. 22 July 1981 in Saint James, Barbados
) is a West Indian cricketer
who plays international cricket for the West Indies
and first-class cricket for Barbados
Debuting in 1999/00, Benn is a left-arm orthodox spin
bowler with more than 100 first class wickets to his name. He is also a fairly useful left-handed batsman with a first-class average of over 20. Since his debut season, Benn has had to fight hard for a place in a Barbados team containing four West Indian international fast bowlers.
Following a series of strong performances in the 2007/08 Carib Beer Cup
, Benn was called up to the West Indies Test squad. He beat off competition from Amit Jaggernauth
for the spinner's spot and on 22 March 2008 he made his debut for the West Indies in the first Test against Sri Lanka
at Providence Stadium, Guyana
. He bowled quite well Sri Lanka's first innings, bowling 40 overs at an economy of 3.00, but went unrewarded. In his first Test innings he scored 28 and helped contribute to some useful lower-order resistance after the West Indies top order had been dismissed cheaply. In Sri Lanka's second innings, he claimed his first Test wicket, Mahela Jayawardene
(caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul
), and finished with 3/59. He could only manage 7 with the bat in his second innings as the West Indies slid to defeat by 121 runs.
On the 6th of December 2009, on the third day of the 2nd test
against Australia, Benn managed his... Read More