PORT OF SPAIN — Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies off-spinner Rangy Nanan is steadily improving after a massive stroke that left him temporarily paralysed.
The 60-year-old Nanan was a guest at last Thursday night’s WICB/WIPA awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain and showed no signs of regret over his condition.
“I’ve been feeling much better since I got the stroke, which was over a year ago,” he said. “I’m enjoying watching cricket, as well as some Christian shows, which I’ve been doing as I’ve been home.”
Nanan, who only played one Test match for the West Indies away to Pakistan in 1980, moves about in a wheelchair but was quick to state, “I’m trying to do some walking at home and my son Kevin and my family have assisted me whenever I’ve needed them.”
The retired policeman, who was involved as a liaison officer for visiting Test-playing nations to Trinidad up until 2012, as well as a long-standing member of local cricket club Preysal, was also pleased to see the growth of Sunil Narine as the most talked-about regional off-spinner since he retired in 1992.
“I’m glad for him,” said the soft-spoken Nanan. “It’s good to see him perform, both for Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies. I know it’s hard work but he has what it takes to excel.”
Nanan was always willing to impart his knowledge of the game to players locally and regionally, and was delighted with the West Indies team’s success lately, albeit in the T20 version.
“A lot of the players, I know personally, so I take great pride in seeing them. Some of them came up and greeted me (at the function) and it’s good to see the guys do well,” he noted.
On a personal note, the former TT team selector admitted he sympathises with persons who are wheelchair-bound.
“Before, I used to feel sorry for them but now I can understand what they go through, how hard it is,” confessed the ever-smiling Nanan. “It’s a humbling experience and it has taught me to be patient, and not to take things for granted.” (windiescricket)