Guyana Cricket Board praises ‘consistent and durable’ Chanderpaul

Georgetown, Guyana – As various sections of West Indies cricket came together on Wednesday to praise the contribution and commitment of long-time West Indies servant, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the Guyana Cricket Board President, Chetram Singh, joined in on the applauds for the Guyanese left-hander.

Once Chanderpaul was confirmed as part of the starting line-up for Wednesday’s Third Digicel Test match in Dominica, history was made. The middle-order batsman etched his name into the history books eclipsing former West Indies fast bowler and also former world record holder, Courtney Walsh, as the player to have represented the regional team in the most Test matches.

Chanderpaul who started his 133rd Test match against India was praised by Singh, for his contribution to West Indies cricket and cricket in general. In a brief message congratulating the ‘Tiger’, Singh – a longstanding Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, recalled the player’s early days and his entry into international cricket.

Singh stated: “We who were at Bourda that day in 1994 still remember the excitement we felt when, as a 19 year old, you took that first step and announced to the world that you had earned a place and were ready for international cricket.”

Singh cited the ‘long journey’ in cricket Chanderpaul had travelled since his debut against England in Georgetown almost two decades ago. “It has been a long journey from your home ground, Bourda, where you made your debut in 1994. During that journey, you have performed in all of the major arenas around the cricketing world, establishing yourself as one of the most consistent and durable batsmen of this era.”

Chanderpaul, with his unique batting stance and style, has been a tremendous accumulator of runs and a true stalwart is loved by fans the world over.

On entering his record-breaking 133rd Test match, Chanderpaul had scored over 9000 runs, including 22 hundreds and 55 half centuries. His highest Test match score of 203 not put came against South Africa in his hometown in 2005.

Chanderpaul was named the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year in 2008 when he won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008.

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