England will be in the Caribbean from late January to early April for four Test matches, four One-Day International (ODI) matches and a Twenty20 International.
On September 10 in Dubai, Chanderpaul was named for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award – the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy – at the prestigious LG ICC Awards.
Chanderpaul, 34, had a bumper year, scoring 247 runs in three Tests in South Africa; 130 runs in two Tests against Sri Lanka; and rounding off the Digicel Home Series 2008 with 442 at an average of 147.33 against Australia.
During the voting period, he played eight Test matches, scoring 819 runs at a fabulous average of 91.00, including three centuries and six half-centuries, all of which were against the top seven teams in the world.
In the process, he became only the fourth West Indies batsman – after legends Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers – to surpass 8,000 runs in Test cricket.
He also played 13 ODIs during that time, finishing top of the averages with 74.75 having scored 598 runs, a haul that included a century and five 50s.
That form propelled the outstanding Guyanese to No 1 in the ICC batting rankings for the first time ever in his career.
Source: Jamaica Observer
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