Reports are that middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been dropped from the West Indies Test team.
Indications out of Guyana are that the 40-year-old veteran of 164 Tests met in his homeland with chief of selectors Clive Lloyd and was offered the option of retirement and a fitting send-off. However, Chanderpaul reportedly stressed to the selectors that he was available to play in the imminent Test series against Australia next month and the option was theirs to drop him if they wanted.
Chanderpaul, who has scored 11,867 Test runs at an average of 51.37 in a stellar career that started against England in 1994, needs 87 runs to go past Brian Lara as the highest West Indies run-scorer in Tests. However the prolific left-hander has endured lean times in recent series against South Africa and England.
In 2011 Shivnarine Chanderpaul claimed he was asked to retire by the then regional selectors after the end of the ICC World Cup and was subsequently dropped from the One-Day International side after he refused. He was never recalled to the ODI team despite his 8 778 runs at an average of 41.60, 11 centuries and 59 half-centuries.