Guyanese cricketer Wasim Haslim enjoys another stint in Canada
Having witnessed some terrific reverse-sweep shots by Wasim Haslim at the renowned Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground Bourda in a softball match organised by the club, they would have anticipated a successful career.
He batted with great aplomb hitting boundaries at will and displayed the kind of aggression for the T20 version. Haslim created history in Canada again since being a regular participant in the annual Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite, Premier, first and second-division cricket.
He was fantastic as he waltzed his way to a record-breaking 159 not out in a T20 game for Overseas Cricket Club against Louisiana Papey’s Meal XI. It was an exhibition that captured the imagination of cricket lovers.
The left-hander walked to the crease and immediately battered the bowling attack. He hammered 18 fours and 12 mighty sixes. What happened there in 2011 was history and the GCC first-division player was full of praise for another season (2013) in Canada.
Just before his departure to Guyana last month, Haslim was never in a reluctant mood to say that he certainly enjoyed his cricket in North America both softball and hard-ball. He represented Overseas again and showed good consistency with a number of impressive scores.
The 26-year-old all-rounder has been playing professionally in Canada for the past three successive years and his core focus was to improve his game and ultimately enhancing his cricketing career.
Haslim, who still continued to dominate softball both in Guyana and Canada, indicated his ambition is to play for his country at the highest level and returned home to vie for a spot at the inter-county level, which is being used primarily for national selection.
The occasional off-spinner played for Demerara already in the T20 version while he had an outing too in the 50-over format. His introduction was unimpressive but the determined cricketer feels he has the ability to be in the big squad.
He was a reserved play for Combined, Campuses and Colleges, a team that featured in the annual West Indies Cricket Board regional senior tournament over the years while he played for University of Guyana at the Inter-College tournament that was held in Barbados, 2005.
The perseverance by Haslim is the difference as he plays the game throughout the year having represented a number of clubs in Guyana at the various softball, nationwide competitions while he also plied his trade in Trinidad and Tobago,appearing for Diamond Sports club also in a national tournament.
During an exclusive interview with the attacking batsman, he firstly reserved a special gratitude to his club while he feels his game has gone from strength to strength at both levels. Secondly he wants to be more proactive in the sport in Canada as the invaluable exposure helps boosted his confidence tremendously.
“I just want to play cricket as much as I can whether here (Canada) or Guyana; this [is] a great sports obviously and to say that I have enjoyed my game thoroughly this year; I must thanks to the people who have supported me both on and off the field while playing cricket in Canada,” Haslim, a cousin of former Guyana senior batsmen Zaheer and Azimul Haniff, related.
Meanwhile, Haslim also played at the recently concluded Guyana Cup Three softball tournament. According to him, he had a great deal of success representing the champion Trophy Stall unit.
His vital contributions were 35, 77 and 29 while he performed in the bowling department with a three-wicket haul much to the delight of his colleagues.