Shivnarine Chanderpaul is involved in a controversy © Getty Images
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is likely to miss Tests against Australia © Getty Images

Shivnarine Chanderpaul on Wednesday released the details of the letter sent to him by Clive Lloyd, who is the head of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) selection panel, which conveyed the left-hander’s axing from the national side.

Chanderpaul also released the conversations with the West Indies coach Phil Simmons on WhatsApp, after he was dropped from the West Indies’ squad to take on Australia in a two-Test series starting next month. READ: Shivnarine Chanderpaul refuses to retire after being dropped from West Indies squad

The letter to Chanderpaul from Lloyd read, “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.” READ: Shivnarine Chanderpaul can’t find place in team solely to accomplish records, says Clive Lloyd

“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.” READ: Phil Simmons dismisses Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s shabby treatment reports

“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,” it added.

The letter concluded with the signal that the WICB may be trying to retire Chanderpaul from international cricket.

“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.”

The Guyana Chronicle Online reported that the letter and the following events have increased the troubles because there is a general sense of feeling that Chanderpaul, one of the finest batsmen from the West Indies, should get a formal send-off rather than being axed due to poor form.