The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has axed star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul from its 12-man test squad for the two-match home series against Australia, which bowls off on Friday.
During a hastily-called press conference today in Bridgetown, WICB officials said they were forced to drop the 40-year-old Guyanese player, who is affectionately known as Tiger, on account of a steady decline in his form.
“Over a period of time, we have noticed a decline in his form and for the last 11 innings he has been averaging 16 and we thought the time had come to look towards the younger players,” chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd told journalists at the Accra Hotel here.
Chanderpaul has played 164 Tests – the most by a West Indies player – and has amassed 11 867 at an average of 51. He is 86 runs short of overtaking Brian Lara (11 953) as the all-time run-getter in West Indies cricket.
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