Shivnarine Chanderpaul humiliated by the Immigration official in his own country
West Indies batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul has reportedly been humiliated by the Immigration official at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, at Timehri in his own country Guyana.
The Immigration official, an Afro-Guyanese lady, could not recognize their national hero despite his big picture slapped on the wall of the airport. She found something dubious about Chanderpaul’s nationality, as she asked whether he was an immigrant. The unfortunate incident happened on Monday when the second highest run scorer in Test for West Indies landed at the country’s only airport.
The plight of being a cricketer in a poor country, where cricket is a declining sport, the Indian origin batsman Chanderpaul is not given a diplomatic passport by the government of Moses Nagamootoo.
Asked why he did not have a diplomatic passport despite his stature as a national hero, Chanderpaul sounded like he’d given up on hopes of receiving one. “I’ve asked a lot of times… I’ve never been told that I’ll get one, but I know a lot of other players have,” Chanderpaul said.
“When I came in I was asked by a girl, who is the Immigration Officer, in I’m a Guyanese”, Chanderpaul told guyanatimesgy.com.
The official further probed Chanderpaul even after he asked her to refer to his official documents, but the Test batting legend downplayed incident with a deceptive sense of humour.
— Top News (@news_in) September 17, 2015
“I said look at the form you will see the place of birth on it. She then asked me where is Unity village, countryside home of Chanderpaul, so I was left to ask if she is really Guyanese,” Chanderpaul quipped.
The unwanted incident was surprising for Chanderpaul as a huge poster of him placed in the airport building. But, still the airport authority failed to recognize him.
However, this kind of shameful incident is not first to Chanderpaul at the airport. Once, the batting great was asked by a security guard of the airport, “you can’t stand in the VIP line, ‘get out’ from here, joined the back in the long queue”.
“The thing is, these things keep happening. I remember last month we went out there for a West Indies Legends game in New York, and when I came back, I came out from the back-end of the aircraft, and by the time I got to the terminal it was already packed so I joined the VIP line,” he said.
“A guy came and told me ‘you can’t be here, get out and join the queue at the back.’ I end up coming out because I don’t have a diplomatic passport, and I ended up joining the line. These are some of the things that happen sometimes, but you have to put them behind you,” Chanderpaul added.
The 41-year-old left-handed batsman is yet to retire from international cricket, but he was discarded by Clive Lloyd headed WICB selection committee in the last Australia series at home after his bad performance against visiting England.