March 22, 2009

West Indies cricket

Chanderpaul Drive

Will Luke

Following on from being named Guyana's sport personality of 2008, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has again been shown the love of his countrymen by having a street named after him in Georgetown.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive (see map) © Google / DigitalGlobe

Last night, New Garden Street - just outside Bourda Cricket Ground - was renamed Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive in honour of their favourite son. "He is an outstanding son of the soil and he has done us proud," said Hamilton Green, the mayor of Georgetown. "He is recognised all over the world as an outstanding cricketer and we in Guyana are truly proud of him."

It's a good job the mayor didn't decide to make mention of some of Chanderpaul's eccentricities at the crease, choosing instead to name it a "drive." Though there is still time for a fish restaurant - The Chanderpaul Crab - to be opened in honour of his awkward, yet remarkably effective stance.


Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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