Shiv’s sacking 'untidy and distasteful', says WIPA
West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has described Shivnarine Chanderpaul's sacking as "untidy and distasteful".
The 40-year-old was controversially dropped from the Test side to face Australia next week, with the selectors and head coach Phil Simmons citing the players "rapid decline" in form as the reason.
In a release yesterday, WIPA said Chanderpaul's treatment was disturbing, taking into consideration the many years of service the player has given to West Indies cricket.
"The West Indies Players' Association acknowledges and accepts that the purview of selecting the West Indies cricket team lies solely and independently with the selection panel led by Chairman Clive Lloyd, however, we are very disappointed with the manner in which Mr Chanderpaul was treated," WIPA president and chief executive Wavell Hinds said.
"WIPA believes the process of omitting Mr Chanderpaul was untidy and distasteful. We will continue to have dialogue with the West Indies Cricket Board with the hope of bringing an amicable solution in the best interests of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and West Indies cricket."
WIPA underscored Chanderpaul's illustrious career, pointing out his 164-Test career, 11,867 runs, and excellent average of 51, with 30 hundreds.
"At present, he is our highest ICC-ranked Test batsman and a man who has on numerous occasions held the West Indies batting innings together."
Australia are set to play two Tests, the first at Windsor Park in Dominica starting next Wednesday, while the second is carded for Sabina Park in Jamaica, bowling off June 11.