There were little if any surprises at the First Citizens/West Indies Players Association (WIPA) awards ceremony at Hyatt Regency Hotel Thursday night.

As was expected, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the current International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Cricketer of the Year, was named WIPA International Cricketer of the Year as well as Test Match Player of the Year.

The other nominees for the accolade included West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, who was named One-Day International Player of the Year, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and fast bowler Fidel Edwards.

Jamaica were the big winners on the night, taking home the First Class Team of the Year after winning the Carib Beer Series and Challenge Final last year, as well as the KFC Cup Limited Overs Tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago batsman Kieron Pollard was another awardee on the night, copping the First Class Player of the Year (One-Day), while Brendan Nash clinched the Emerging Player of the Year Award.

After receiving his trophy, the soft-spoken Chanderpaul said: “I am very pleased with my performance.”

The 34-year-old Guyanese has maintained a rich vein of form for more than a year, holding on to the number one spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Batsman ranking.

Speaking about the West Indies winning the Digicel Home Series against England, Chanderpaul revealed he is “pretty much happy and excited” about their performance and credited much of the team’s success to the “easy-going” leadership of Gayle, on and off the field.

And the left-hander, who has 21 Test centuries to his name, is far from finished, saying: “Hopefully I can carry on for a while more,” which will be good news for his West Indies teammates who are only now starting to feel the joy of success.

Source: Trinidad Express

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