Chanderpaul no longer good enough to play for West Indies - Holding
Thu, May 28, '15
Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler, has backed the chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd's logic of jettisoning Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the Australia series. Holding said that Chanderpaul, who has managed 183 runs in his last 11 innings at 16.64, was no longer good enough to be picked for West Indies.
"I don't believe that cricketers should just get a series for getting a series sake. I don't think Shivnarine Chanderpaul has proven in recent times that he is still a good enough player to be playing for West Indies," Holding told ESPNcricinfo. "He has done yeoman service for over two decades. West Indies should be happy to have had him playing for them for that long. All good things have to come to an end.
"I saw him play against South Africa recently and he certainly did not look like the Shivnarine Chanderpaul that I was accustomed to seeing. He was a little bit slow with his reactions to the fast bowlers and we know what Australia are going to be bringing."
West Indies President's XI, winning the toss and opting to bat, were 288 for five at the close on the opening day of the three-day tour match against the touring Australians at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here yesterday.
With two places still up for grabs in the West Indies squad ahead of the first Test in Dominica next week, three players-opener Rejendra Chandrika, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase-all got half centuries to press their claims.
Chandrika made 74, Dowrich 78 and Chase was unbeaten on 65, along with Trinidad and Tobago's Jason Mohammed on 42 not out.
It is not in Shivnarine Chanderpaul's nature to give things away. At least in the business of cricket.
Forty-nine times in 280 innings, he left the crease with his wicket still in tact. No top player in the history of the game has been unbeaten so many times. The closest to him is South African Jacques Kallis with 40 not outs. It was as if the 22 yards of turf was Shiv's home, his favourite place in the whole world. It didn't matter in what country, what island, what city those 22 yards happened to be found.
When Shiv got to the middle and extracted one of the bails from its groove in a stump, stooped down and hammered an indentation in the ground to mark his guard, it was like him laying down a foundation; he was setting up house.
I have lost count of the number of debates in various media centres that I have been privy to, when West Indies have been down to nine, ten, Jack and Chanderpaul, and people have raged over his refusal to protect the tail.
Over the years, the faces changed, the abilities of the batsmen varied, but Shiv stuck to his measured script, taking his time. At the end, he was the last man standing, still at "home" win lose or draw. Often it was 'lose.'
That mindset, that appreciation for his wicket was something several of his West Indies teammates over the years needed to emulate, but sadly didn't.
Former West Indies fast bowler, turned cricket commentator Michael Holding has refuted statements by President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron that he has turned down requests to do television commentary.
During a WICB town-hall meeting on Friday at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Cameron insisted that the WICB had not banned Holding or veteran broadcaster Tony Cozier from doing television commentary.
Instead, he revealed that Cozier's failing eyesight had been the main reason for his absence, while Holding's commitments to UK company, SKY, had led to him turning down offers by the WICB.
"The issue we have with Mr Holding is that our season runs counter to the season in the UK and whenever we ask him to do commentary he is always working with SKY back in the UK, so as far as they are concerned there are no issues," Cameron had stated.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies Women secured the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka women after a dazzling all-round effort by Hayley Matthews spurred them to an easy nine-wicket win in the final match here on Tuesday.
Matthews, with impressive figures of four for 10, restricted Sri Lanka to 74 runs and scored an unbeaten 32 as her side cruised to victory with 52 balls remaining at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
The Caribbean women have now wrapped-up the series two-one after losing the opening encounter.
Mathews grabbed four Sri Lankan wickets to crush any hopes of a recovery after Anisa Mohammed and her captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, conspired to disable the top order.