Chanderpaul appreciates JCA's career recognition
The West Indies' second- highest Test-scoring batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has expressed delight at being formally recognised by the Jamaica Cricket Association JCA, for his contribution to West Indies cricket.
The recognition, which came via a commemorative plaque, as well as tributes from officials of the JCA, was made on Monday following the conclusion of the WICB regional four-day tournament contest between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park.
The plaque, which had an image of Chanderpaul enshrined on it, as well as a citation, was presented by JCA president Wilford 'Billy'' Heaven in the presence of the players and officials of both teams.
JCA Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Francis, read the citation.
''I am very, very happy about it and very thankful that the JCA has seen it fit to recognise me,'' said Chanderpaul, who is second on the list of West Indies leading run-getters behind Brian Lara.
''It really feels special when it is at the back end of your career that people recognise you for the work that you have done, having played cricket in the Caribbean for over 20 years,'' he declared.
Chanderpaul, 42, who recently negotiated a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England, played 164 matches for the West Indies, an outstanding average of 51.37, while scoring 11,867 runs. Lara scored 11,953 runs from 131 matches at an average of 52.88.
Heaven, who said his association could not have allowed an outstanding player like Chanderpaul, who is likely to have played his final match at Sabina Park to go unrecognised, described the Guyanese as an icon.
"Chanderpaul has had a fulfilling and illustrious career, not only for the West Indies, but also for Guyana and the several clubs and counties that he would have played for throughout his career,'' stated Heaven.
He brought to the game not only his cricketing skill and prowess, but a high level of dedication, commitment and resilience, and throughout has played with such levels of maturity and professionalism.
''These are attributes of a high order, admirable, and what all of our current young cricketers, and others, should look to aspire to.''