Retiring players deserve more, admits WICB

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is expected to retire from international cricket soon.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has called an emergency press conference at the Accra Hotel this afternoon, to make an announcement on the future of veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

The meeting comes as speculations continue to swirl over whether the 40-year-old Guyanese middle order batsman will retire before the upcoming Australian tour of the West Indies which begins next month.

However, reports have suggested the meeting is not to announce Chanderpaul’s retirement.

Ironically, just two days ago during a WICB town-hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, the WICB was accused of not properly treating retired players.

In his reply, WICB vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan admitted that the regional body had failed to properly address the issue of retiring players, especially those who had given years of service to the West Indies.

“We agree that in the West Indies we have had problems and issues in terms of dealing with players when they retire. We have fallen very short in that aspect…


WICB vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan.

“We have been short and we have been deficient in that area. It’s something we have been discussing and something we are looking forward to improving very much so because we believe the players are the essence of our cricket,” Nanthan conceded.

“I’m sure if you were to go back through the years and name them one by one you would actually be able to write a book that would be very interesting, and would have the readers on edge.”

Nanthan insisted it was only fair that after cricketers had devoted their life to both country and region, a fitting sendoff was the very least the WICB could afford to do.

“If a man or a lady gives up years of their life to entertaining and trying to aspire for all of us, when they do so we all celebrate in their achievements and we are all very proud of them.

“And sometimes at the end of his or her days, they go home, sometimes to nothing, and sometimes having to give up all that they do and it can be very lonely all there,” he noted.

“But we are hoping as a Board and as collective Caribbean people, we can respect and appreciate the service of those who have served us as a region…because the better we can do that, the more a player can contribute to the upliftment and development of the game after his or her time on the field has come to and end.”

11 Responses to Retiring players deserve more, admits WICB

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Other one bites the dust.

  2. Donna Harewood May 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    So fix it! It’s not rocket science! Start with Shiv! Show some respect and loyalty and maybe the players will show respect and loyalty to you. Players are young people for the most part and unless you give them a reason to put their country first they will opt for the IPL money. A career in sports is short. What skills would a player have had time to develop which he can use after his playing days? If you discard them like a used tissue what is there to make them forego a thicker wad of cash?

    • Gearbox1964 May 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Well said Donna…very well said.

  3. Walter Prescod May 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I wonder what the B stands for in WICB

  4. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman May 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    the Board should have a meeting about getting rid of themselves , its a shame not giving Shiv the chance to make the runs, bunch of jokers .

  5. Tiony Waterman May 26, 2015 at 3:34 am

    A clear case of the Left Hand not Communicating with the Right Hand, Sir Clive Lloyd Should have had a chat with this guy Before asking players to give up good pay days, so that the could listen to this guy tell them “Sorry” We have been Deficient and we have NOTHING for you now

  6. D'Olivere May 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

    West Indies wanted India to give tendulkar his 100th test, yet they can’t give chanderpaul these last two test match so he can retire in the Caribbean. Wow, show how others see their great and we in the west indies see ours.

  7. DAP May 27, 2015 at 8:32 am

    The rest of the players should rally behind tiger,do not lift a bad or ball.
    And we the ppl should buycot cricket

  8. DAP May 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

    How can you be willing to sit with players that do not want to play for the WI anymore and beg them to come back and play and a man who heart was always with the WI Cricket you all just treat him like that shame on you all.
    From the time it was done to Haynes and the rest just remember that WI cricket was never the same again.

  9. Dougal Bascombe May 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    It has been abundantly clear for at least 12 months that Shiv has passed his sell by date. He has struggled to get runs. How long can the WI nurse him along just so that he can pass Lara’s total runs? That is a purely selfish objective.
    I am sure he is equally worried that his precious career average which he has carefully constructed over the years is suffering with every score of less than 50.
    He had every chance to a) score the runs, or b) recognise that it ain’t going to happen and retire gracefully.
    He has chosen to go on and there was no alternative but to let him go. It is still possible to have a wonderful function for him during the first Test against the Aussies.

  10. junior May 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    WICB always bow to others but not their own. India wanted a sendoff for the demi-god Tendulkar and Windies obliged.A big send off for Shiv and seventy one year old lloyd dropped him.
    If I were Shiv, do not go to any reception planned by them .


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