Shillingford named goodwill ambassador
ROSEAU, Dominica – The Government named West Indies off spinner Shane Shillingford a Goodwill Ambassador on Friday and it hoped his achievement in the just-concluded Test series against Australia would serve as a motivating factor for young people here.
Shillingford created local history, when he became the first of six Dominicans – including England’s Phil Defreitas – to play a Test on home soil.
The match was personally, if not collectively rewarding for Shillingford. He captured 10 wickets in a match at Windsor Park, becoming the first West Indies spinner since Lance Gibbs to achieve this feat, and only the second West Indies spinner to capture 10 wickets in a Test in the Caribbean.
Minister of Sport Justina Charles, who made the announcement on local radio here, said that Shillingford, who bagged match figures of 10 for 219, should “serve as a motivating factor for young people”, adding that he would also be issued with a diplomatic passport.
Despite the Windies’ 75-run loss in the match, Shillingford enjoyed a good outing before his home crowd, also scoring a career-best, unbeaten 31 in the second innings, as West Indies were bowled out for 294 on the final day.
The 29-year-old Shillingford, who was sidelined for a 1 ½ years after the International Cricket Council deemed his action suspect, finished the series with 14 wickets from two games.