Kingston: May 6, 2011
Senior Caribbean batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul today lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), saying its unreasonable questioning had adversely affected his batting.
Relations between Chanderpaul and the WICB soured after the experienced left-hander was dropped from the ODI series against Pakistan, which the visitors won 3-2.
Chanderpaul, who, a few days back, revealed that the management had asked him to retire, said his performance over the past one year could have been better if he was not subjected to external pressures besides being asked to bat at different positions.
"I think, given the opportunity, I might have got bigger scores. Every time I settled in and started to get runs, messages would come telling what to do and what not to do, how to bat and how not to bat," Chanderpaul said.
"I've been doing it for 17 years. When John Dyson was coach he never said anything to me. When Bennett King was coach he said, 'You go and do your job, we don't have to tell you what to do.' I had no problem then."
The stockily-built left-hander said that he has been called to meetings on countless occasions when he would be asked uncomfortable questions.
"Now we have people here, who are telling me how to be called to mettings to explain. And when the game is over, I have to answer questions. I have to answer those questions and when I do, and it's not suitable, then I have to agree with whatever answers they want before the meeting is over.
"Been called into meetings everyday, or every other day, spending hours answering questions. You never leave a meeting until they get whatever answer they want. That is what I've been going through. When you are batting there are messages coming to you telling you how to bat, it happens until you get out, you know," he said while speaking to local radio station - Line and Length.
Chanderpaul also didn't agree with WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire's comments that the management needed to put a new system in place because no individual was bigger than the team and no one was a "superstar".
"None of us did that. We've been doing what we've been told to do. The CEO and the executive members of the board made a decision to get rid of the senior players. They will have passed on that information to the chairman of selectors and the coach and let them pressure us in every way they can, which they did.
"I see Christopher Gayle in the gym working, Sarwan doing extra work. All of us doing extra work and yet we've been cast aside just like that," Chanderpaul said.
He had demanded an explanation from Hilaire, who had commented about the attitude of West Indian players over the past 15 years, following wholesale changes to the squad.
West Indies have been criticised for their poor record against the ICC's full member countries in recent years, but Chanderpaul felt the team has been doing okay.
"I've been hearing a lot of things recently, about how this team hasn't been doing anything, haven't been winning against a top team. The same team, when John Dyson was coach, we were winning against England, winning against Sri Lanka, winning against South Africa, winning against top teams around the world."
Chanderpaul also reiterated that he was asked to retire but refused, which had left the management unhappy.
"They called me into a meeting and asked me to retire. I said I'm not retiring and when I left the meeting they were all pretty upset about it. You telling me I haven't done anything the last 12 months and I've been ranked among the top 10 batsmen around the world. Just because I have been batting all over the place, I haven't had an opportunity to do anything much."