A day after West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was dropped from the Test squad to play against Australia, Chanderpaul refused to retire and has expressed his desire to get back into the team to the coach Phil Simmons, a report said.
Chanderpaul in his conversation with the coach said that he does not want to retire and that he wants to end his career after the series and that this is an opportunity to recognize his dedication to the national team for almost 21 years. He said that it would also give him an opportunity to thank the hierarchy of cricket in the nation.
However the coach replied for the above statement saying that he already backed him in the final Test against England and that it was now up-to the selectors to pick a strong XI and that Chanderpaul does not belong there anymore. Simmons also added that it would make more sense for him to retire than to wait for the series to end and that he can thank the board in a statement and that he is sure that the board will recognize his efforts towards West Indian cricket.
An adamant Chaderpaul replied that he felt asking for a final home game in front of home fans was not too much and that he should not be pushed into retirement. He also added that his opinion will be closer to the opinion of the public.
However Simmons replied that he was not pushing him into retirement and that he felt that it would be good for Chanderpaul to retire than to be dropped and that the years of service and public opinion are not criteria for selection.
Chandepaul finished by saying that he would work for his place in the team and that he will not retire unless forced to.