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West Indies Axing Upsets Shivnarine Chanderpaul

West Indies Axing Upsets Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul expressed disappointment at being left out of the squad for the home series against Australia which begins next month.
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West Indies’ veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul expressed disappointment at being left out of the squad for the home series against Australia which begins next month.

Although the team for the first Test is yet to be announced, Chanderpaul wasn’t picked in the 12-member training squad giving an indication of his future with the West Indies team.

Elaborating his views on the topic, the 40-year-old felt that it was unfair from the selectors to force him to retire.

"My request to finish up with the Australian series is not asking too much," said Chanderpaul.

"It gives me a chance to acknowledge my supporters at home.

“I should not be pushed into retirement."

While the decision to drop Chanderpaul has raised debates all across the region with the veteran batsman gaining a lot of support, head coach Phil Simmons was adamant in defending the selector’s decision.

Chanderpaul has aggregated a mere 183 runs from the last 11 innings at a disappointing average of 16.63 with only a single fifty and Simmons pointed at the poor form as the reason for the axing.

Dismissing the need to be sentimental, Simmons maintained that the decision was taken in the best interests of the West Indies team.

"When we went through the process, he didn't fit in,” said Simmons.

“So it's not about giving someone two Tests to finish their career.”

Meanwhile West Indian legend Brian Lara also voiced his support for Chanderpaul over the sacking and opined that his former teammate deserved a better send-off. 

The genius from Trinidad also came down hard on the West Indies Cricket Board for their constant manhandling of senior players.

"When you look back to so many of our heroes and the way in which they were dumped, it makes you shudder," said Lara.

"He deserves it and has earned it.

"WICB and the Caribbean owe it to Shiv to send him off with dignity and respect." 

Chanderpaul who has a batting average of 51.37 from a marathon 164 Tests is only 87 runs away from Lara’s record for the most runs in the format by a West Indian.

The West Indies squad for the first Test against Australia will be picked on Friday.

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