Wednesday August 06 2008
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former West Indies selector Joey Carew said he is thrilled with Shiv Chanderpaul’s elevation to the top spot in the world batting rankings and said the prolific left-hander serves as a fine example of hard work and commitment.
But the 70-year-old, who played 19 Tests for the West Indies between 1963 and 1972, said he is baffled that Chanderpaul’s discipline and work ethic has not spilled over to the rest of the embattled regional team.
“Chanderpaul is the supreme example of hard work and commitment. One cannot imagine that this player is on the West Indies cricket team at the moment and none of the other players are taking an example from him,” said Carew.
“He has worked many hours on his game and continues to work hard and the young players especially on the West Indies team must look at this man and take an example from him.
“He has shown us that there is reward for hard work and how the others have not bought into this, baffles me.”
Chanderpaul, who turns 34 later this month, has compiled 8,001 runs in 112 Tests for the Caribbean team.
In recent time, especially, he has scored heavily. In four Tests against England last year, Chanderpaul scored 558 runs at an average of 111.60 and sustained his excessive scoring against Sri Lanka and Australia this year by amassing 707 runs in seven Tests, averaging 101.
Carew said he was hoping for even greater things from Chanderpaul in the future.
“He is far from finished and I am hoping that he goes on to perform better and knowing the individual, he would,” said the former opening batsman.
Guyana’s government last week honoured Chanderpaul for his outstanding batting exploits by awarding him the Golden Arrow of Achievement, the country’s third highest national honour.
Source: Antigua Sun