Chaguaramas: West Indies batsman aka Tiger, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The 41-year-old from Guyana, who made his debut against England in 1994, calls time on a glittering career which saw him amass over 20,000 runs in the three forms of the game.
His final game was against England in Barbados in May of last year and he was dropped for the following Test series against Australia, with the West Indies Cricket Board wanting to give younger players a chance.
He let the WICB know via email on Friday that he is no longer available for selection.
Chairman Dave Cameron said on the governing body’s official website: “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best.”
The left-hander, known for his unorthodox and ungainly style, has been the mainstay of the West Indies side for the last 22 years, making 164 Test appearances and he finishes seventh in the all-time Test runs scorers list with 11,867.
He scored 30 centuries at an average of 51.37 and also picked up nine wickets. Chanderpaul, who has had stints in England with Derbyshire, Durham and Warwickshire, also struck 11 one-day international hundreds in 268 matches.
Not many people know that he was the first cricketer who started using anti-glare stickers in the field. These stickers are used to protect the user from sunlight.