[www.inewsguyana.com] – After two decades of scoring runs even as the West Indies failed to produce wins, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has decided to exclude the side’s most stubborn batsman in Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Even in the wake of President of the WICB, Dave Cameron’s comments of Chanderpaul deserving of a fitting send off, the move by the WICB seems to indicate that the veteran left hander career is coming to a close quickly if not finished all together.
In a release by the Board, Convenor of Selectors Clive Lloyd highlighted that Chanderpaul has been notified of the decision both verbally and in writing.
Lloyd further explained that, “this was a tough decision for the Selection Panel to make,” said Lloyd. “We recognise the significant contribution Chanderpaul has made to the West Indies teams over the last two decades, but we want to take this opportunity to introduce a number of young, promising players into the squad.”
Meanwhile the West Indies has announced a 12-member squad for a training camp in Barbados ahead of the International Home Test Series against Australia, starting June 3.
The training camp will take place from May 25-29 with sessions being staged at the Franklyn Stephenson Academy in the community of Bennetts in the central Barbados parish of St Thomas.
The squad for the first Test against the Australians will be finalised next Friday. It coincides with the final day of the tour match between the WICB President’s XI, a composite side of Test hopefuls, and the Aussies, starting next Wednesday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Training Squad: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.
Team Management Unit: Phil Simmons (Head Coach), Sir Richie Richardson (Manager), Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach), Sir Curtly Ambrose (Bowling Consultant), Andre Coley (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Fitness Coordinator),
Richard Berridge (Video Analyst), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist), Philip Spooner (Media Relations Manager).