Picture of Sulieman Benn

Sulieman Benn

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
West Indies, Barbados, Stanford Super Stars, West Indies A, West Indies B, West Indies Inv XI, Sylhet Royals, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
Roles played:
Home country:
West Indies
July 22, 1981, Haynesville, St James, Barbados


He has the stature and psychology of a fast bowler and is also not shy of the odd confrontation. But for all his towering height, natural confidence and Barbadian heritage, the huge Sulieman Benn is not a fast bowler but a left arm spinner.

After excelling in the 2007-08 ‘Carib Beer Cup’ West Indies came calling for Benn and he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka, bagging 3 wickets in his first Test. Soon after, he made his ODI debut against the same team but was dropped owing to poor form. Early in 2009, he picked up 8 wickets against England in the 1st Test and was instrumental in West Indies winning the Test with an innings to spare. The same year, he ripped through Australia’s top order at Adelaide and also was West Indies’ standout bowler in the 2010 home series against South Africa.

Benn may not be a huge turner of the ball but it is the height from which he delivers and the bounce that he generates which causes most batsmen problems. His batting skills are not renowned and he is also not one of the most mobile on the field. Altercations in the past have tainted his career but the left-armer’s determination and passion towards the game has made him one of the most reliable bowlers in the team.

Fast Facts

  • Sulieman Benn became West Indies' second left arm spinner to have taken 50 wickets in Tests.
  • He became the first ever bowler to bowl two maiden overs in a T20 game against Zimbabwe in 2010.
  • Benn was the joint highest wicket taker (15) with Dale Steyn in the home three-Test series against South Africa in 2010.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 17 27 381 3 15.87 58.25 0 0 42
ODI 25 16 109 2 7.78 72.18 0 0 31
T20 17 7 37 4 12.33 88.09 0 0 13*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 17 26 4381 2112 51 6/81 / 41.41 2.89 2 3 0 10
ODI 25 24 1247 924 29 4/18 / 31.86 4.44 3 0 0 11
T20 17 17 354 414 15 4/6 / 27.6 7.01 1 0 0 6
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 7 0 1
ODI 1 0 2
T20 7 0 0


West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Providence Stadium, Guyana - Mar 22, 2008
Last played:
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Dec 01, 2010
West Indies Vs Sri Lanka at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Apr 10, 2008
Last played:
West Indies Vs India at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Mar 20, 2011
West Indies Vs Australia at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados - Jun 20, 2008
Last played:
West Indies Vs South Africa at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Peter's, Antigua - May 20, 2010