Shivnarine Chanderpaul has called time on a stellar international career, notifying the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an email on Friday (January 22) that he would no longer be available for selection for West Indies.
The announcement came eight-and-a-half months after he last turned out for West Indies, a period in which he had said on more than one occasion that he hoped to continue to play Test cricket.
Chanderpaul, 41, made his Test debut in March 1994 against England. The last of his 164 Tests was also against England, in May 2015, after which he was dropped from the Test side.
He ended with 11,867 runs, the second highest for West Indies behind Brian Lara’s 11,953. He had a highest of 203 not out, with an average of 51.37, and he sits seventh in the list of all-time Test run-getters. Chanderpaul hit 30 Test centuries and 66 half-centuries.
Chanderpaul also played 268 One-Day Internationals, amassing 8778 runs at an average of 41.60 and a strike-rate of 70.74, with 11 centuries and 59 half-centuries. In a briefer Twenty20 International career, Chanderpaul played 22 matches.
Chanderpaul was the rock in the West Indies middle order, often fighting lone battles to keep the team afloat. He is fourth on the list of batsmen who have faced the most deliveries in Test cricket – 27,395 – behind only Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis.
However, when the occasion demanded, he could cut loose spectacularly too, as he showed in hitting a 69-ball hundred against Australia in front of his home fans in Guyana in the first match of a four-Test series in 2003. That knock remains the joint fifth fastest Test ton ever.
Dave Cameron, the WICB president, said, “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best.”
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