In his famous book Beyond a Boundary, CLR James wrote about the role cricket played in the development of a West Indian national consciousness. Forty-five years on, there is a call for Shivnarine Chanderpaul, recently named the ICC Player of the Year, to be bestowed the Order of the Caricom (Caribbean Community), for his contributions to the region. Former Trinidad and Tobago sports minister Manohar Ramsaran hailed Chanderpaul as someone “who has now become the emblem and the new architect for any Caribbean integration movement”. “All the talk and jet-riding about Caribbean integration and political union are not as important as bestowing this honour on him ” he added. Among other benefits, the award would confer on the batsman the right to be referred to as “The Honourable Shivnarine Chanderpaul OCC”.