West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 41, has officially retired from the international cricket, eight months after selectors opted to discard the veteran and push for a youth-oriented policy.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) thanked him for his contribution to their game. “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best,” said WICB president Dave Cameron.
Chanderpaul, who was dumped before the home series against Australia last June, said at the time he felt he deserved the opportunity to play one final series despite a poor return in domestic cricket before the squad was selected.
Even the great Brian Lara has berated the West Indies selectors and the WICB for seeking to deny Shivnarine Chanderpaul the chance of a final Test series against Australia, demanding that his former teammate be reinstated for a farewell along the lines of that given to Sachin Tendulkar by the BCCI. “Chanderpaul deserves a farewell series”, says Lara.
The Veteran West Indies batsman has played a record 164 Tests for his country. He has amassed 11,867 runs at an average of 51 and lies second on the all-time West Indies list of run-scorers behind Brian Lara who scored 11,953 runs. He struck 30 centuries and 66 half-centuries. Chanderpaul also played 268 One-day Internationals garnering over 8750 runs at an average of 41, and also played 22 Twenty20 Internationals.