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Experts believe Shiv did the right thing
published: Thursday | April 13, 2006


West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulls the ball to the boundary during day three of the second cricket test against New Zealand in Wellington March 19. - REUTERS

PROMINENT JAMAICAN cricket officials are in agreement with the decision of former West Indian captain, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to hand in his resignation. handerpaul issued a letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday announcing his resignation as the team's captain, wishing to focus on other areas of his cricket after a disappointing time at the helm.

Since taking the captaincy a year ago, Chanderpaul has been subjected to a massive dip in his personal form and has sought to remove some of his responsibilities as captain to work on regaining it.

According to the JCA's Chief Operations Officer, Brian Breese, the decision was a good one.

"I think he has a future as a batsman in West Indies cricket. I don't think he has a future as captain," Breese noted.

Breese went on to further explain that while the move was a good one for Chanderpaul personally, the left-hander was also looking out for the team.

"He is looking out for the team," Breese said.

Former West Indies assistant coach and wicketkeeper/batsman, Jeffrey Dujon, is in agreement with Breese's comments and elaborates on the aid Chanderpaul's decision will make to the team.

"Now I think it suits him to focus and making some big scores and be a factor in the team," said Dujon, who recently resigned as the JCA's coaching director.

Chanderpaul's decision, ac-cording to Dujon, is made even more solid by the fact that the job as West Indies captain carries a lot of pressure.

"I know he was under a lot of pressure," Dujon explained, pointing to the lack of runs behind the prolific run-scorer's name since he took up the captaincy.

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