WICB to honour Chanderpaul

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL, the first West Indies player to be named Cricketer of The Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC), will be fittingly recognised by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the up-coming Test Series against England.
 
This decision was taken at a meeting of the WICB in Barbados on Monday (September 22nd).
 
The meeting adopted a resolution which read in part" Whereas Shiv Chanderpaul has been voted by the International Cricket Council as Cricketer of The Year 2008 and has been named to the ICC's World Test Team of The Year for his outstanding performances...Be it resolved that the WICB equally recognises his special performances and results and hereby heartily congratulates him in making the WICB and West Indians proud."
 
The Board said it was supportive of a proposal for a special recognition ceremony at the beginning of the Test Series against England.
 
During the voting period, Chanderpaul, who was chosen ahead of three fellow nominees - Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardene, South Africa Captain, Graeme Smith and South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn, scored 819 runs at an average of  91.00, including three (3) centuries and six (6) fifties, all of which were against the top seven teams in the world.
 
Chanderpaul also played 13 ODIs during the voting period.  He finished top of the averages with 74.75 having scored 598 runs, a haul that included a century and five (5) fifties.  He is currently ranked number one in the ICC Test batting rankings and sixth in the list for ODI batsmen.