Shivnarine Chanderpaul recently retired from International cricket © Getty Images
Shivnarine Chanderpaul recently retired from International cricket © Getty Images

Dubai:  The International Cricket Council (ICC), has praised recently retired West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as “a role model for millions”.The 41-year-old Guyanese called time on his international career last week, after playing 164 Tests and finishing as just one of 11 players to score in excess of 10,100 Test runs, reports CMC. “Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be remembered as a reliable and extremely effective batsman. He was remarkable with the way he could adapt to his style, mixing solid defence and attack, to the demands of the situation,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said on Monday.

“For nearly two decades, Shivnarine not only excelled with the bat but with his sporting attitude and quiet determination became a role model for millions of youngsters.” Chanderpaul scored 11,867 Test runs to be second on the all-time West Indies list behind legend Brian Lara and seventh on the international list. He scored 30 Test centuries and finished with an average of 51. Chanderpaul also served as the West Indies captain, leading the regional side in 14 Tests.

While known for his attritional run gathering, Chanderpaul also excelled in the shorter formats, stroking 8,778 runs from 268 One-Day Internationals at an average of 41.His career was effectively ended last May when West Indies selectors axed him ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following failures against South Africa and England.

Earlier, the West Indies Players Union (WIPA) has hailed retiring Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Saturday the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career, after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection, reports CMC. WIPA president and chief executive Wavell Hinds said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and seen his qualities up close.