West Indies batting great Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket, seven months after selectors overlooked him consistently and pushed for a youth-oriented policy.
Chanderpaul was dropped before the home series against Australia last June. He said at the time he felt he deserved the opportunity to play one final series despite a poor return in domestic cricket before the squad was selected.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) thanked him for his contribution to the game.
“The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best,” WICB President Dave Cameron said.
The 41-year-old made his Test debut against England in 1994 and went on to amass 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37 in his 164 Tests for the West Indies.
He is the seventh highest run scorer in Test, and he finished behind Brian Lara’s 11,953 as the second most prolific West Indian batsman.
Chanderpaul has 30 Test centuries and 66 half centuries to his name and the highest score of 203 not out. . He also scored 8,778 ODI runs in 268 one-day internationals at an average of 41.60.
Chanderpaul’s unusual batting stance was fascinating as he did not copy it from cricket manual, but soft hands and a superb hand-eye coordination allowed him to flick, dab and poke the ball into gaps and quite accumulated runs.
A low conversation rate of the fifties to hundreds early in his career was rectified after foot surgery removed some floating bone chips and allowed him to play without pain.
Chanderpaul’s calm demeanour held together an increasingly deteriorating West Indies batting lineup after the retirement of Lara and many opposition teams targeted him as the key wicket.
While selectors continue to pursue their youth policy in a bid to a rebuild the once powerful cricketing side, Chanderpaul was still playing domestic first-class cricket earlier this week.