WICB applauds Chanderpaul on milestone
Roseau (Dominica): The West Indies Cricket Board has congratulated senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on becoming the most capped Test player in the history of West Indies Cricket.
The 36-year-old left-hander surpassed fast bowling great Courtney Walsh, who played 132 matches, during the third Test against India which began at Windsor Park here yesterday.
Third on the West Indies all-time list is another legend Brian Lara, who played 131 Test matches.
President of the WICB, Julian Hunte hailed Chanderpaul for his longevity, tenacity, commitment and his amazing ability to accumulate runs during his 17-year-long international career.
"On behalf of Directors of WICB, the people of the West Indies and cricket lovers worldwide I want to congratulate Shivnarine Chanderpaul for yet another remarkable achievement in his outstanding cricket career for the West Indies. This is a phenomenal achievement and we all salute him," Hunte said.
"To play 133 Test matches requires a strong mind, a tough body and amazing will-power. The Tiger has demonstrated all this and more during his 17 years of service to cricket-loving people of West Indies and all those over the world who adore him," Hunte added.
Chanderpaul made his Test debut as a 19-year-old against England in his native Guyana in 1994. Before yesterday`s play, he made 9228 runs at an average of 48.56 with 22 centuries.
He was named the ICC`s Cricketer of the Year in 2008 when he won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008.
"Chanderpaul came to prominence at a very young age back in 1994 and has matured into one of the most respected batsmen of the modern era. The way he plays, it is clear to everyone he loves the game and is an excellent servant of West Indies cricket. He continues to demonstrate the virtues of hard work, dedication and fair play," Hunte said.