Chanderpaul will be honoured, says Windies board chief

St. John’s (Antigua), Jan 31 (IANS) Recently retired veteran cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be honoured by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), board president Dave Cameron has said.

Cameron has also shot down claims that the regional board has no plans to honour the former captain who recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

“There is a plan to honour Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the best way possible. Unfortunately, we could not have done this before now because Shiv had indicated he had not retired. When we wanted to do something for him, he had indicated this to us,” Cameron was quoted as saying by WICB’s official website on Saturday.

“We will now consult with him and figure out the best time to do so, and do so appropriately,” he added.

Chanderpaul, who scored 11,867 runs in 164 Test and 8,778 One-Day runs, announced his retirement from international cricket on January 23.

Cameron, who was criticised over a tweet about West Indies batting star Chris Gayle in February last year, refused to comment on the Gayle’s “inappropriate” comments to a female reporter during the Australia’s Big Bash T20 league this year.

He revealed, however, that the WICB has invested in making sure players are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to conduct interviews.

“This whole professional system that we have embarked on sees our players being caught by the franchises at an early age and the plan is that once they get into that professional set-up, we are trying to educate them about all that we require them to be as a professional player,” Cameron said.

“We also have a young lady on staff by the name of Iana Cooper who deals with those particular matters. She is a personal development manager for the players and so she is in touch with the players all the time trying to help them along that path,” he added.

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