September 11 2008
THE Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, on behalf of the Government and the people of Guyana, wherever they might be, is pleased, proud and privileged to congratulate Guyana and West Indies Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on his being awarded the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer-of-the-Year prize.This award is another appropriate recognition for Chanderpaul’s work in cricket so far.
This is still a young Guyanese sportsman whose dogged determination for the highest levels of excellence in his chosen field of sport has been paying all types of dividends recently.
Truly, a role model to all young Guyanese, Shivnarine epitomises what single-minded dedication to discipline, training and teamwork can achieve.
To have triumphed from a field of distinguished current cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith, Chanderpaul’s top sport award is all the more a prestigious accomplishment. He is the ICC 2008 Cricketer-of-the-Year – an Overall Champion, not just a specific category of player.
His rise to cricket’s pinnacle from the most humble beginnings on the ball fields of Unity, symbolises what triumphs are available to the most vulnerable among us, if only opportunity is grasped and wedded to determination.
Chanderpaul is already a household name in the cricketing world. Guyana has been awarded another International distinction in his name and achievement. Certainly he is now fit to be mentioned among the pantheon of West Indian cricketing heroes, never sullying his on-field achievements with tantrums, unsportsmanlike acts or controversy.
He says he still has more cricket in him. We have to readily agree. When we watch him return from hospitals to the middle, we see a courageous Caribbean sporting patriot and a Guyanese cricketing hero.
Source: Guyana Chronicle