The ever turbulent West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) continues to remain in the news for all the wrong and unwanted reasons. A year after being axed by the board, batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul finally announced his retirement from international cricket. Numerous legends across the globe felt that Chanderpaul deserved a farewell.
West Indies batting great and former skipper Brian Lara lashed out against the board and said that Chanderpaul should have been treated in a better manner. “I was very disappointed that Shiv was not allowed a couple of more Test matches, not necessarily to break the record but to have a proper send-off. Something I think he is very disappointed about and unfortunately that did not happen,” Lara said.
Lara also added that people in the Caribbean did not precise value the contribution of Chanderpaul for the team. “That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years, I don’t think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution.”
“Shiv, who played since 1994, had a tremendous career. I started with Shiv in Guyana and remember his first Test match against England,” Lara said. “He has been a great servant for West Indies cricket and he has done some tremendous things throughout his career, and credit must be given to the man for how he has played. “When I do have the opportunity to give him a call and thank him, I will because for me he was one of the giants of West Indies cricket,” Lara concluded.