Chanderpaul cops top sports awards for 2008

January 31, 2009

As predicted world number one, Guyana and West Indies star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Guyana’s best middle distance athlete Alika Morgan were named Sportsman and Sportswoman, respectively, for 2008 when the National Sports Commission (NSC) panel sat down at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to come up with the most outstanding sportspersons for the past year.

Chanderpaul became the winner of the top award for a record fifth time, surpassing former West Indies captain and the legendary Clive Lloyd, who held the record of four titles jointly. Chanderpaul had previously won it in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2007.

The durable left-handed batsman was the only nominee to sweep the votes during the balloting taking all eleven after being nominated by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and five other rival associations.

His achievements for 2008 included the ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year Award, ICC World Number 1 Test Batsman, featuring on the ICC Test Team-of-the-Year, compiling over 8 000 Test runs and surpassing Sir Garfield Sobers aggregate of runs in Test cricket.

He had compiled 819 runs including three centuries ands six fifties, all against the top seven teams in the world and played 13 ODIs during the year, finishing top of the averages with 74.75. His dominant form was not only an example for West Indian players to emulate but other players around the cricketing world.

Source: Guyana Chronicle

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