Chanderpaul sees Windies progress
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND - Derbyshire batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is excited to be a part of the current West Indies Test team, but stopped short of tipping them to emulate the level of success the “legends of the past” enjoyed.
Chanderpaul, who is plying his trade in the UK after signing a two-year deal with last year’s LV= County Championship Division Two winners, is the second-ranked Test batsman and, at 38, the elder statesmen of the Windies' side.
Having endured somewhat of a hangover after their complete domination of the game three decades ago when they won 11 consecutive Tests, cricket pursuits are hopeful Chanderpaul and his current team-mates, led by the affable Darren Sammy, can make West Indies a real force once more.
However, while Chanderpaul is positive about the future for the World Twenty20 holders who have also won their last three Test series, he is keen not to draw comparisons with the era of Viv Richards and Co.
"It's pretty good," Chanderpaul told ecb.co.uk. "We have a pretty good T20 squad but we still have a lot of good players for all the formats. We have some young guys who are talented. Because they are young they'll improve.
"I don't know if it can be like what it was 20 years ago, but it will take some time to get back up. It will take some time to be in the top five again.
"I don't know if it will get back to where it was. I don't think it will get back there. Not that level of the legends of the past. I don't think you will get there and if it happens it's not going to be for now."
Chanderpaul himself probably deserves a place in the Windies' pantheon of legends when he retires, not that this thought is at the forefront of his mind.
And one man who has clearly taken inspiration from his career is Chanderpaul's son, Tagenarine, who will be joining his father in England to play some cricket.
"I'm pretty much excited about it," explained Chanderpaul senior, who last month played alongside Tagenarine for their native Guyana.
"He finished high school last year and he said he didn't want to do his A-Levels. He wants to play some cricket. So I said 'no problem'.
"He's done a lot of hard work and he's got into the senior team. He's 16 and he's also coming here to play some cricket. It could only benefit him, coming out here to play some cricket."