Chanderpaul blasts West Indies cricket management

Kingston: Former West Indies cricket captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has blasted the team management for interfering with his batting during matches.

Chanderpaul said the present regime is against those who were favoured by previous coaches John Dyson and Bennett King, under whom the West Indies squad had better results.

Chanderpaul, who was asked to retire by the management, was not selected for the ODI series against Pakistan, but now is waiting for a Test recall after he demanded an explanation from West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Ernest Hilaire.

"I think, given the opportunity, I might have got bigger scores. Every time I settled in and started to get runs, messages would come telling what to do and what not to do, how to bat and how not to bat," Chanderpaul was quoted as saying by radio channel Line and Length.

"I`ve been doing it for 17 years. When John Dyson was coach he never said anything to me. When Bennett King was coach he said, `You go and do your job, we don`t have to tell you what to do.` I had no problem then," he said.

Chanderpaul said that he was subjected to unreasonable questioning after the game.

"Now we have people here, who are telling me how to bat. And when the game is over, I have to answer questions. I have to answer those questions and when I do, and it`s not suitable, then I have to agree with whatever answers they want before the meeting is over. That is what I`ve been going through. When you`re batting there are messages coming to you telling you how to bat, it happens until you get out, you know," he said.

Chanderpaul said the management is unhappy after he refused to retire.

"They called me into a meeting and asked me to retire. I said I`m not retiring and when I left the meeting they were all pretty upset about it. You are telling me I haven`t done anything the last 12 months and I`ve been ranked among the top ten batsmen around the world. Just because I have been batting all over the place, I haven`t had an opportunity to do anything much," he said.

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