URGENT-Tiger dropped by WICB


Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has axed star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul from its 12-man test squad for the two-match home series against Australia, which bowls off on Friday.

During a hastily-called press conference today in Bridgetown, WICB officials said they were forced to drop the 40-year-old Guyanese player, who is affectionately known as Tiger, on account of a steady decline in his form.


“Over a period of time, we have noticed a decline in his form and for the last 11 innings he has been averaging 16 and we thought the time had come to look towards the younger players,” chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd told journalists at the Accra Hotel here.

Chanderpaul has played 164 Tests – the most by a West Indies player – and has amassed 11 867 at an average of 51. He is 86 runs short of overtaking Brian Lara (11 953) as the all-time run-getter in West Indies cricket.

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14 Responses to URGENT-Tiger dropped by WICB

  1. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy May 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I just hope that they had the decency to inform him first and he didn’t have to read it in the press.

  2. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt May 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Chandrapaul has been a great servant of WI cricket but you can’t keep a man who’s 40 and has failed for two consecutive series, on past performances. He’s way past his best and should have announced his retirement right after the English series and bowed out with his dignity intact.

    • Michael Blair Blenman
      Michael Blair Blenman May 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      there is no reason we shouldnt give him a shot , other than Clive Lloyd and company .

  3. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman May 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    two words Clive Lloyd..same guy who thinks people should wanna play for West Indies and overlook four years Test Cricket money in one IPL .Shiv should have been given the chance .

  4. Ama-wog Alleyne
    Ama-wog Alleyne May 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Father forgive them,they know not what they do.However this may be the time he needs to think of retiring and his future.

  5. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer May 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Shiv is way past his best now. He should have retired voluntarily. At age 40 he ain’t seeing the ball anymore. I support the WICB on this one.

  6. Daryl Headley
    Daryl Headley May 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    He is stopping a young player from developing!

  7. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    All ah lara records getting brek, so maybe dey want tah keep dis one in tack. Love de Tiger fah all he has done to keep WI cricket from completely drowning and I know he shud retire, but de ain nutting wrong in geing he one more chance and esp against the Aussies that cahway WI glory. Um can’t get nah wussa. 87 runs in 200 balls.

  8. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons May 25, 2015 at 5:11 am

    our best batsman fail for two back to back series and we drop him. . .utter madness. devon smith has been failing since 2003 and we just took him to South Africa and played him against England. Marlon Samuels has been a failure despite the occasional pail of milk for the past 15 years and still playing. dwayne smith has been a failure from birth and played over 100 internationals for west indies. chanderpaul has been our one consistent shining light for 20 years and we drop him after a few failures. This is shameful. He is still our best batsman and there is no young player who has scored a mountain of runs to justify dumping shiv. since when has 40 become a cut-off age for anything? is he getting dropped because he is 40? this man deserves respect and this shabby treatment being meted out to one of the greatest batsmen the caribbean has produced.

    • Kevin May 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      We always do that. Instead of looking at the whole team to pull their weight, we focus our frustration on one person. And its usually one of the better cricketers we have in the team. We run way Lara before his time; if Gayle dont hit 100 off of 50 balls we ready to drop him; whilst ignoring the other players that is just limping by.


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