Kingston (Jamaica), Jan 24 (IANS) The West Indies Players Union (WIPA) has hailed retiring Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Saturday the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career, after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection, reports CMC.
WIPA president and chief executive Wavell Hinds said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and seen his qualities up close.
“As a fan to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds on Saturday, a former West Indies player.
“Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”
Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11,953 runs.
He also scored 30 hundreds. Chanderpaul played in 268 One-Day Internationals, scoring 8778 runs, with an average of 41.60.
He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean following a run of low scores in three-Test series against South Africa and England.