Shiv still hurting
Retired West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains hurt at the manner in which his international career abruptly came to an end.
The Guyanese batsman was unceremoniously dismissed from the regional team in May of last year, based on what then Windies chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd had described as a “rapid decline.” Chanderpaul said that after 21-years of playing for the team his dismissal without being honoured continues to be a stinging slap to the face.
“You’ve put in so many years. A lot of times you’ve been injured and you still go out and play,” Chanderpaul told ESPNcricinfo.
“A lot of times I went back home to Guyana injured from tours that I’ve been on for West Indies and go back home and play, and you give so much service for your country and to West Indies and on the back end you were not properly honoured for it,” he added.
“I ended up getting the same treatment in the back end of it, where you are totally disrespected and you were not treated right, and you’ve given so many years of service to the Caribbean.”
Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, the most by a West Indies player, and has amassed 11,867 at an average of 51. He ended his career 86 runs short of overtaking Brian Lara (11,953) as the all-time run-getter in West Indies cricket.
Chanderpaul said he hoped to play at least one final season of regional cricket for his native Guyana.