Chanderpaul set to be named in Test squad

Updated: May 05, 2011, 17:16 PM IST

Barbados: There seems to be some truce between the West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the national Cricket Board (WICB), with the veteran cricketer likely to be named in the Test squad for the series against Pakistan, starting next week.

Although, there has been no official announcement on the national Test squad yet but media reports say Chanderpaul will be included in the side.

Chanderpaul, whose performance in the World Cup was below par, was axed from the One-day series against Pakistan but that did not go down well with the batsmen.

He was involved in war of words with the WICB`s Chief Executive Officer Ernest Hilaire over the treatment meted out to him.

Chanderpaul had earlier claimed that the selection committee wanted him to retire after the World Cup but when he refused to oblige, and therefore dropped from the ODI squad.

He also said that he got extremely disheartened by Hilaire`s comments that in the last 15 years, the West Indies team had failed to show discipline and application.

Taking the remarks personally, Chanderpaul said the fact that he was dropped from the side would create an impression as if he was an indisciplined player and had not applied himself and considered himself bigger than the team, was not acceptable.

This also led Chanderpaul to seek an explanation from Hilaire over his alleged comments.

Apart from Chanderpaul, other seniors players like Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were also left out of the squad for the first two ODIs against Pakistan. And Hilaire had said that the West Indies needed to build a new team for the future.

However, Sarwan was called back into the side for the fourth One-dayer.

The Test squad, meanwhile, will also include the fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who has not played for the national team since the tour of England in mid-2009.

Besides, an uncapped 18-year-old batsman Kraigg Brathwaite is also expected to be named, as he has played some impressive first-class cricket over the last few months, followed by his unbeaten 168 for West Indies Under-19s against Australia last month.