Thursday, March 19, 2009
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul is to be given the Cacique Crown of Honour, Guyana’s third highest national award.
Chanderpaul is the reigning ICC International Cricketer
of the Year and this latest tribute for the remarkable 34-year-old left-hander was announced Tuesday night by Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo at a function at State House in the city.
|Chanderpaul… it’s always great to be recognised by your own people|
In making the announcement, Jagdeo described Chanderpaul as an outstanding citizen and a true role model for young persons all around the world.
“Chanderpaul has been a beacon of persistence, dedication and hard work and an example to many of our young people and young cricketers, not just in Guyana and West Indies, but all over the world,” Jagdeo said.
In accepting the honour, Chanderpaul said his aim is to continue to do what he does best – make big scores – and also to be an ambassador for Guyana and West Indies.
“I feel delighted,” said Chanderpaul, also Guyana’s Sportsman of the Year for 2008.
Still showing outstanding quality and a huge appetite for runs in his 16th year at the highest level of the sport, Chanderpaul is the third highest all-time West Indian scorer – behind Brian Lara (11,912) and Sir Vivian Richards (8,540) – in Test history with 8,502 runs.
He has 21 centuries and currently averages 50.01 in Test cricket.
Chanderpaul is No 1 in the ICC Test batting rankings and describes being named for the Cacique Crown of Honour as “quite special”.
“Every award is special and this is one is quite special. It is always great to be recognised by your own people,” said Chanderpaul, who is also prolific in One Day International (ODI) cricket with 11,073 runs at an average of 41.14.
Chanderpaul’s career peaked last year when he was named World Cricketer-of-the-Year at the prestigious ICC Awards ceremony in September.
He was also named in the ICC World Test Team-of-the-Year.
During the voting period for the 2008 ICC Awards, Chanderpaul played eight Test matches, scoring 819 runs at an average of 91.00, including three hundreds and six 50s, all of which were against the top seven teams in the World.
Other highlights of Chanderpaul’s career include him serving as captain of the West Indies team and scoring a century (104) in May 2003 when West Indies successfully chased a world-record 418 for victory against World No 1 Australia in the memorable final Test of the series in Antigua.
Source: Jamaica Observer