Guyana government hail Chanderpaul

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Guyana’s government has hailed Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a regional icon and says he also serves as the ideal role model for all young people in the country.

Speaking after the 34-year old captured the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year award this week, Youth and Sports Minister Frank Anthony said the left-hander had been outstanding ambassador.

“Certainly he is now fit to be mentioned among the pantheon of West Indian cricketing heroes, never sullying his on-field achievements with tantrums, unsportsmanlike acts or controversy,” Anthony said.

“He says he has still more cricket in him. We have to readily agree.”

Chanderpaul has been outstanding with the bat over the last year. During the voting period, he played eight Tests scoring 819 runs at an average of 91.00, including three centuries and six half-centuries.

He made 442 runs at an average of 147.33 against Australia in the Home Series earlier this year, moving to 8001 runs in 112 Tests and fourth on the all-time West Indies run-scoring list behind legends Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers.

Anthony described Chanderpaul as an individual who rose to the pinnacle of World cricket from humble beginnings on the East Coast of Demerara and noted he was a fine example of accomplishment.

“This is still a young Guyanese sportsman whose dogged determination for the highest standard of excellence in his chosen field of sport has been paying all types of dividends recently,” Anthony pointed out.

“Truly a role model to all young Guyanese, Shivnarine epitomizes what single-minded dedication to discipline, training and team work can achieve.”