Chanderpaul determined to fight his way back into the West Indies team

One of the greatest Test cricketers of all time, Shivnarine Chanderpaul faced a shocking axe when West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) decided to drop him from the upcoming Australian Test series. Chanderpaul, who has amassed 11,867 runs in 161 Tests at an average of 51.37, was dumped from the West Indies by Clive Lloyd-led selection panel for lacking fitness and poor form.

Despite getting dropped from the West Indies side and rumours leading to his exit, Chanderpaul has made his intention clear to score heavily in the regional tournaments and fight back for his place. The southpaw is desperate to make a comeback in the team and hopes to have a new panel of selectors.

After the left-handed batsman was axed from the team, along with millions of cricket fans, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) also expressed their discontent and shock.

“The GCB is not asking for any repayment or quid pro Quo but for decency, fair play and professionalism be exhibited by the selection panel,” WICB Director and GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie was quoted in a report from Kaietur News.

“Let me make it clear that the President (Dave Cameron) and Vice-President and myself tried our best to get Shiv retained in the end the selectors have the final say,” he added.

In a letter to Chanderpaul, Lloyd explained that the decision was made after newly appointed head coach Phil Simmons and selectors reassessed his last six outings. The letter states:

Dear Mr. Chanderpaul,

Following your meeting with the Coach, Mr. Simmons on 4th May 2015, and his subsequent Whatsapp conversations with you, I tried to contact you on several occasions but you had already left for Guyana. I rang your home telephone number in Guyana and left my details with a male member of the house requesting that you contact me which he promised to do. To date, you have not returned my calls and it is rather unfortunate as I did want to have the opportunity to have a discussion with you prior to writing this letter to you.

The Coach and the Selectors have studied your stats from the last 6 Test matches to date, 3 against South Africa and 3 against England. You batted 11 innings and had an aggregate of 183 runs at an average of 16.64. In determining the squad for the series against Australia, The selectors have decided to move on with younger players for the future. I therefore regret to inform you that the Coach and selectors have decided to omit you from the squad for that series.

You have been a great player for the West Indies and have given excellent service to the game and to West Indies supporters all over the world. We hope that your skills will be utilised in the future and we wish you all the very best. We also wish to thank you for your contribution to this game which gave us all our upward mobility.

On behalf of the Selectors and the West Indies Cricket Board we wish you continued success. You have been a tower of strength to W.I. cricket and you will be remembered for being a true icon, who has epitomised everything that is great about the wonderful game.

Yours Truly,

Clive H. Lloyd

Chairman of Selectors