Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the 42-year-old Guyanese cricketer and former captain of the West Indies cricket team is troubled by the fact that the Windies selectors did not include Jamaica’s wicket-keeper batsman Chadwick Walton and batting specialist Jermaine Blackwood as part of the Windies ODI squad.
Chanderpaul opined that both players should have been selected to play for the Windies in the recent three-match One Day International series against England.
Chanderpaul, who is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies and captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals posited the view that based on the two players performances during the regional Super50 tournament they should have been included in the squad for the three-match series.
Speaking in an interview on rjrnewsonline.com, Chanderpaul said, “I’ve watched these two guys in the Super 50 and Chadwick against England in the Vice Chancellor’s game and he’s doing well; his batting has come on and he should be given a chance. Blackwood can come in the middle because of experience to help hold the team together.”
Chanderpaul also argued that the current Windies squad is still “wet behind the ears” and with time they will be competitive.
“They are going to grow because they are still young and they are going to get better,” said Chanderpaul.
Chanderpaul last played for the Windies in 2015. He has scored over 11,000 runs in Test cricket and is currently the 7th highest run-scorer of all time in the format.
In January 2016 Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket, at the age of 41.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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