Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is one of the greatest batsmen West Indies has ever produced ; his unorthodox stance and unblemished style of play stands him apart from his imminent peers. He has always been the unsung hero for West Indies since his debut back in 1994. He has had a distinguished career so far, but now looks to be a burden in the team’s future plans. However, it seems like Chanderpaul’s career, which is in twilight, looks to come to an end.

The veteran batsman, who is still eager to play for his nation was dropped from the 12-men squad practicing for the 2 Test matches against Australia. The omission comes as a big surprise which eventually states the left-hander’s 21-year career is almost over after 164 Tests and 11,867 runs, which includes 30 centuries.

In the series against England, Chanderpaul could garner only 96 runs and failed to cross the 50-run mark in any innings.

West Indies chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd felt the move was tough to digest for most of the people but had to go with it because of the southpaw’s recent poor 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,” said Lloyd in a report from ESPN Cricinfo.

“I don’t think it’s just the last couple of games. It’s going way back, I watched the games against India, South Africa, and he hasn’t really done as well as we had expected,” he added.

The series is slated to start from June 3 in Dominica and will be followed with the second Test which will be played in Jamaica.