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Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Sport and politics do mix
Desmond Haynes & John Major
Haynes and Major have linked cricket with politics
BBC Online's Matthew Allen takes a look at the list of cricketers who later pursued a career in politics.

Former West Indies batsman Desmond Haynes is set rekindle his famous partnership with Greenidge.

But this time it will not be with his ex-opening partner Gordon on the cricket pitch, but with Rudolph in the Barbadian government

Haynes was sworn in as a new Senator of Barbados on Tuesday, joining a team that includes Minister of Economic Development, Youth Affairs and Sport, Rudolph Greenidge.

The 45-year-old joins a prestigious list of former Test players from the West Indies and other countries, who turned to politics after retiring from the game.

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All-rounder Learie Constantine played in 18 Tests for West Indies between 1928 and 1939.

Constantine later became an MP in the Trinidad parliament, served as a Minister, was knighted and came to London as High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago.

Legendary fast bowler Sir Wes Hall, now president of the West Indies Cricket Board, served as Sports Minister of Barbados after a successful Test career in the 1950s and 60s.

Imran Khan
Imran started his own political party

Opening batsman Roy Fredericks was made Minister of Sport in Guyana upon retirement.

And Sir Frank Worrell, part of the famous "three W's" that formed the backbone of the Windies middle order in the 1950s, later became a Senator in the Jamaican parliament.

Haynes joins former Pakistan captain Imran Khan as illustrious ex-cricketers who are currently involved in politics.

Imran formed his own party called Pakistan Movement for Justice after accusing politicians of corruption in his country.


He is not the only Pakistan skipper to follow this path. Pakistan's first ever captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar became his country's Ambassador to Switzerland after a distinguished playing career.

Former Australian captain Joseph Darling, who played 34 Tests between 1894-1905, followed his father, a member of the Legislative Council, into the profession.

But perhaps the most successful cricketing politician was former England captain Sir Stanley Jackson who played 20 Tests between 1893-1905.

Sir Stanley later became an MP for 11 years, was Financial Secretary to the War Office and Conservative Party Chairman under Stanley Baldwin.

CB Fry
Fry got burnt playing politics

But others have found that success on the cricket pitch does not necessarily translate into votes during an election.

The adoring public who cheered all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar while he played for his country in the 1990s failed to support him when he stood for the Indian parliament.

"Lord Ted" Dexter suffered a similar fate when he put himself at the mercy of the electorate, but it could be argued that he picked the wrong opponent to trade bouncers with.

He chose to stand as a Conservative candidate in 1964 against future Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan.


Perhaps the most surprising failure was England's national sporting hero CB Fry who suffered three unsuccessful campaigns as a Liberal candidate.

Not even a CV that boasted captaining England's cricket team, winning an international football cap, playing in the 1902 FA Cup and holding the world long jump record for 21 years could persuade people to vote for him.

But it has not all been one-way traffic with cricketers aspiring to be politicians.

Former Prime Minister John Major, now President of Surrey CCC, once famously found solace the day after losing a General Election at the Oval.

And he has made no secret that he would have loved to play cricket for England.

See also:

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