Reinstate Shiv

Lara describes dumping of veteran as despicable

PORT OF SPAIN –– Shivnarine Chanderpaul wanted to end his illustrious career in the second Test against Australia at Sabina Park in a few weeks’ time but has been dropped by selectors. And former captain Brian Lara has suggested he has been done an injustice.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Lara has berated the West Indies selectors and the WICB for denying the Guyanese left-hander the chance of a final Test series against the Aussies and has demanded that his former teammate be reinstated for a farewell along the lines of that given to Sachin Tendulkar by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Chanderpaul, 40, was omitted from the West Indies training squad ahead of their two Tests against Australia following a significant downturn in his run-making during his two most recent series, where his average dipped to little more than 16 over six matches.

However, Lara said that Chanderpaul’s contribution to the game, which left him narrowly short of surpassing Lara as the most prolific Test batsman in the history of the Caribbean region, merited a more respectful farewell than the one ultimately decided on by convenor of selectors Clive Lloyd and coach Phil Simmons.

Brian Lara wants Shivnarine Chanderpaul to be given a send-off deserving of his contributions to regional cricket.
Brian Lara wants Shivnarine Chanderpaul to be given a send-off deserving of his contributions to regional cricket.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with runs or numbers,” Lara said. “It has to do with respect and Chanderpaul has earned the right to say goodbye in an acceptable way. In fact, he should be allowed to do it in his own way.

“The manner in which they deal with their players is despicable and should no longer be tolerated. When you look back to so many of our heroes and the manner in which they were dumped, it makes you shudder.”

Lara contrasted Chanderpaul’s fate with that of Tendulkar, who was granted a specially scheduled Test series at home against West Indies to end his own storied career. “What did they do?” Lara asked. “They organised a Test series in his honour and gave him a farewell in keeping with his contribution to the game.

“In that way, there will be no hostility and whether he makes a double-century or a duck, it doesn’t matter, it will be his farewell series and the entire cricketing world will know that. He deserves it. The WICB and the Caribbean owe it to Shiv to send him off with dignity and respect. He has earned it.”

These strong words followed those uttered by the Guyana Cricket Board secretary Anand Sanasie, also a WICB director. Sanasie said that the WICB president Dave Cameron had petitioned the selectors for a more generous view of Chanderpaul’s situation but had been rebuffed.

“Let me make it clear that the president and vice-president and myself tried our best to get Shiv retained. In the end the selectors have the final say,” Sanasie told a press conference in Guyana. “So to those who say that this is a WICB decision, that is not true. Shiv was never told that the match in Barbados [against England] was his last and they wanted to cover up a wrong with another wrong.

“We trust that our selectors can find it within themselves to revisit this crucial matter of gross disrespect now being meted out to one of the greatest cricketers to have graced the field of play with this most ungrateful display to Chanderpaul. Shiv’s record speaks for itself and we are shocked at the manner that this panel is seeking to destroy him.”

The 12 members of the West Indies training squad are currently in Barbados, preparing for the two Tests to be played in Dominica and Jamaica.

Source: (cricinfo)

3 Responses to Reinstate Shiv

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt May 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Let Chandrapaul stay where he is. He had the chance to say goodbye to his fans in the just concluded English series. But something should be held in his honour. Award him but please not more test. It was pitiful watching him bat against England.

  2. Walter Prescod May 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Is his dismissal not typical WICB? Another Shameful Retirement

  3. harry turnover May 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul was offered the two tests against the Aussies as as his farewell tests

    Shiv. DID NOT want them to be his farewell tests BECAUSE he wanted to CONTINUE playing test cricket.In other words he DID NOT WANT PEOPLE TO TELL HIM WHEN TO RETIRE

    Now he is saying that he would like to play against the Aussies,probably after being persuaded by the GCB and sensible people.May be it got home to him that it is better to resign than to be fired…in his case …at 40+ a cricketer whose averaged 16 in his last 11 innings it would be better if he retire than to be dropped.


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