Wavell Hinds said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career © Getty Images
Wavell Hinds said he had been fortunate enough to play with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (above) throughout his career © Getty Images

Kingston: 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. READ: Shivnarine Chanderpaul announces retirement from international cricket

“As a fan to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds on Saturday, a former West Indies player. “Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.” Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11,953 runs. READ: WIPA slam Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s ouster by WICB

He also scored 30 hundreds. Chanderpaul played in 268 One-Day Internationals, scoring 8778 runs, with an average of 41.60. He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean following a run of low scores in three-Test series against South Africa and England. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had congratulated Chanderpaul on an excellent career after the latter announced international retirement on Saturday. The 41-year-old former captain from Guyana ended his Test career on 11,867 runs, just 86 short of the West Indies all-time record held by Brian Lara. He had been in and out of the West Indian Test side quite a bit during the last couple of months of his 22-year-old international career. His final Test was against England last May in Barbados where the West Indies won by five wickets to level a three-Test series against Alastair Cook’s side.