West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has bade farewell to international cricket after a near 22-year career.
The left-hander, affectionately known as “Tiger”, gave official notice to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) via email that he will no longer be available for selection for West Indies.
Chanderpaul made his debut in March 1994 in his native Guyana, where West Indies played England. He made a half-century and West Indies won by an innings and 44 runs.
His final Test was also against England last May in Barbados; West Indies won by five wickets to level a three-Test series against Alastair Cook’s side. He was, however, controversially dropped by West Indies selectors that same month following a run of low scores.
Chanderpaul’s career included 164 Test appearances, 268 One Day Internationals and 22 Twenty20 Internationals.
The former West Indies captain’s highest Test score was 203 not out and he finished with an average of 51.37. He also posted a top score of 150 in ODIs, finishing with an average of 41.60.
This week he was part of the Guyana Jaguars side that lost the first semi-final of the NAGICO SUper50 tournament against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force.
WICB president Dave Cameron paid tribute to the veteran player, saying “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best.”
The West Indies Players Association also congratulated the 41-year-old, on his illustrious career.
“… Chanderpaul is the only player of the modern game to represent the Sest Idnies for over two decades. Presently the 41-year-old is the highest ranked West Indian on the ICC Test Rankings.
He also holds the record and esteemed honour for batting the longest period without being dismissed in Test cricket,” WIPA said in a statement.
WIPA noted that Chanderpaul’s unorthodox batting style did not hinder his performances on the field of play, as he collected accolades throughout his career, including being named one of Wisden Cricketers of the Year and ICC Player of the Year in 2008.
He was also named West Indies Player of the Year in 2008 and 2014.
“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 WIPA president and CEO Wavell Hinds, who played alongside Chanderpaul.
“Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours,” Hinds said.