BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul’s illustrious 21-year career appeared all but over after he was dumped from the West Indies Test squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Australia starting next month.At a hastily arranged media conference here last evening, the West Indies chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, told journalists that the 40-year-old Chanderpaul had suffered a “rapid” decline in form and as a result, they had decided to look to the future. This decision, Lloyd said had been communicated to Chanderpaul in a letter. “Over a period of time, we have noticed a decline in his form and for the last 11 innings he has been averaging 16 and we thought the time had come to look towards the younger players, and that’s why he has been omitted. His decline in form has been quite rapid,” Lloyd explained, while flanked by newly-installed head coach Phil Simmons. “I just don’t think it is the last couple of games [that he has failed], this is going way back. I watched the games against India, South Africa and he hasn’t done as well as we expected.” Lloyd continued: “I don’t think there was any bitterness [over the decision]. I think he’d realised the time is come. At 40 years old, it’s obvious you’re not going to be in the same shape as you were in 20 years ago. And if you’ve seen him play, you’d notice there was a decline, there’s no doubt about that. “People find it very difficult at time to retire … so we thought here it is, we must now make a decision, we’ve made a decision and we’re looking towards the younger people that we have. We have a lot of good young cricketers and we think it is time that we now inject the youth into our cricket.”
West Indies squad for training camp ahead of Australia series
Sun, May 24, '15
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board announced today a 12-member West Indies squad for a training camp in Barbados ahead of the International Home Test Series against Australia.
The training camp takes place from May 25 to 29 with sessions being staged at the Franklyn Stephenson Academy in the community of Bennetts in the central Barbados parish of St. Thomas.
Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite , Darren Bravo
Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin
Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
The players that will not be involved in the training camp have been officially notified. This includes veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Convenor of Selectors Clive Lloyd has communicated this to Chanderpaul both verbally and in writing, explaining the Selection Panel’s omission.
“This was a tough decision for the Selection Panel to make,” said Lloyd. “We recognise the significant contribution Chanderpaul has made to the West Indies teams over the last two decades, but we want to take this opportunity to introduce a number of young, promising players into the squad.”
The squad for the first Test against the Australians will be finalised next Friday. It coincides with the final day of the tour match between the WICB President’s XI, a composite side of Test hopefuls, and the Aussies, starting next Wednesday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
‘Tiger’ to play against Australia after being initially dropped
Sun, May 24, '15
It was reported that at least two Directors of the West Indies Cricket (WICB) and its President Dave Cameron managed to override the surprising decision by Chairman of Selectors Clive Lloyd to sack 40-year-old Guyanese Shiv Chanderpaul from the team for the two-Test series against Australia which starts on June 3 in Dominica.
This happened at a WICB retreat at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados yesterday. “The WICB is having a retreat with its players, staff and directors and (Anand) Sanasie and another Director were able to convince enough Directors and the President to override Lloyd and the selection panel to give Chanderpaul his last series”, a well placed source told Kaieteur Sport. Kaieteur Sports’ efforts to make contact with Sanasie all day yesterday proved futile since he was reportedly still in Barbados.
The source also informed that Lloyd is far from pleased that his decision was over ruled. Lloyd, the former Guyana and West Indies Captain, was reportedly told that this is a policy decision to honour Chanderpaul’s contribution to West Indies Cricket over the past 21 years. Only recently Lloyd failed to select Guyanese left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who had the most wickets in the Regional series, for the World Cup and did not pick Leon Johnson or Narsingh Deonarine for the English series after they had both played in the preceding series in South Africa.
When the Frank Worrell Trophy was last contested, in the Caribbean in 2012, Michael Clarke, with praise rare from an Australian captain, credited West Indies with waging a "really hard-fought" series, adding that he hoped they "get a lot of credit for the way they played".
Australia prevailed in two of the three Tests; the weather precluded a result in the other. That West Indies carried each match into the fifth day was something of an accomplishment for a team that had spectacularly plummeted down the rankings after Mark Taylor's Australians ended their 15 years of Test cricket supremacy with a 2-1 triumph before their stunned devotees in 1995.
A split of the ODIs and the two T20s lent credibility to Clarke's comment and to coach Mickey Arthur's "they went toe-to-toe with us".
The outcome hinted at an overdue revival for West Indies as much as it did a waning of Australia's strength.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) — West Indies Women were once again let down by weak batting as they slumped to a five-run defeat to Sri Lanka Women under the Duckworth/Lewis method, in a rain-affected affair here yesterday.
Defending a paltry 110, West Indies allowed the hosts to get away to a healthy start, and found themselves behind on Duckworth/Lewis when rain ended the contest prematurely in the 16th over at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Sri Lanka Women lost Yasoda Mendis without scoring in the second over but rebounded to be 52 for one in the eighth over, thanks to a 46-run stand between Dilani Surangika and captain Chamari Jayangani.