Masters Champions League February 2, 2016

Chanderpaul forced to retire - but commitment to Guyana still strong


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I was forced to 'retire' by WICB - Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has insisted he has not retired from domestic cricket and intends to resume playing for Guyana within a couple of weeks.

In an episode that sheds light on the sometimes toxic relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and Caribbean players, Chanderpaul has expressed resentment at being obliged to announce his international retirement in order to gain a No Objection Certificate to play in the Masters Champions League currently taking place in the UAE.

Chanderpaul, 41, has not played international cricket since May 2015 and was omitted from the list of contracted WICB players in December.

"I was given a No Objection Certificate by WICB with a clause in it that I retire on the 23rd," Chanderpaul told ESPNcricinfo. "If I didn't announce my retirement they would have taken it back.

"I have spoken to Guyana already. I know the chairman wants me to go back and play.

"They have a game against Trinidad starting on February 12. Then Barbados, then Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Jamaica. Those are games that I've talked to them already about going back to play. I've not retired from first-class matches. I've retired from international games.

"I wasn't being picked to play for West Indies anymore and there was nothing else for me to do. So I decided I would come out here to the UAE and play some cricket."

While Chanderpaul earns a modest fee per match for representing Guyana, it is dwarfed by the rewards on offer - around $30,000 for just over two weeks involvement - with the MCL.

"I don't have a contract with anybody. No local boards; no West Indies board. I've been playing for Guyana because the coach and chairman saw the value of having me around as a player. They pay me a match fee and I play and try and help the young fellas as much as I can.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is not ready to break links with Guyana © WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche Photo

"Anything is possible in life. You can go into retirement; you can come out of retirement. It is my choice. I'm definitely still hungry to play. It's something I've done most of my life. There is still passion and hunger to play."

Criticising the "brute force and ignorance" of unspecified former players, Chanderpaul is currently enjoying the stress free - and lucrative - environment provided by the MCL.

Irritation lingers, however, at the manner in which his international 'retirement' was handled, with no recognition given to his illustrious record for the West Indies or the fact that he is contracted neither to the board or Guyana.

"You can't [chose the way you go]; not with those guys," he said. "It's the way we're being treated. It's still going on and it's not changing. We're being treated like that and worse sometimes. That's how it goes.

"Some of the past players had better times in their career. They don't want to change. They want to stay the same way; have the same attitude.

"But you can't bring the same thing to the table every time because you're not going to go anywhere. We're not going forward. We're just going down. They're creating some problems.

"As much as you're saying we have past players, they are the ones who are creating the problem because they have their ways - their old ways - and there's brute force and ignorance and they're still carrying it around and still expecting things to go the same way.

"You feel much better just coming out here to play [in the MCL]; without all the stress, without all the other stuff that's going on."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ramu on February 5, 2016, 16:33 GMT

    Chanderpal sound like a cry baby!! Why you never come out before all these years and say something? Yuh keep everything boil up inside you for years. It show in your face. You had chance to go past the Lara runs but you didnt do it. You had 2 series but you fall in a big slump. We all know WICB should be dump in the toilet but you have to make yourself a bigger and better man! Stop de crying and move on. WICB did this to many great plaSeyers so what is new? If you were outspoken before, this would never happen to you. They would be showing you more respect and would have give you a good farewell but because they think you dont say squat, dem feel they can do you anything. And why didnt you mention names? See right there they think you are a weak chicken..just do it and get it over man!

  • Milton on February 5, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    How sad it is to have given more than 2 decades of international service -Outstanding international service- to have been spat out by the authorities as if one were a piece of gum that had lost its flavour.It will take many years for anyone to come close to or even match his accomplishment. To match his no nonsense attitude,his ability to stand above the fray. Players are now of not much worth, tantamount to consumable commodity. Sadly as the "bath water" is thrown out the "babies" are still in the tub, desirous of contributing to the fun and pleasure.

  • Ron on February 5, 2016, 11:05 GMT


    Age discrimination must not factor in the premature termination of a player's career, ever. We must collectively move beyond that.

  • Ron on February 5, 2016, 5:53 GMT

    Age discrimination must factor in the premature termination of a player's career, ever. We must collectively move beyond that.

  • jaswant on February 5, 2016, 0:14 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul,a towering inferno.His will is stronger than that of Samson. Cricket flows in his blood,separating him from this glorious game is impossible. I saw him many a times in Orlando Fl ,mustering a set of young boys to get a game going. What many do not know is,Chanderpaul is different from anyone who has played this game. The game is part of him and he will play until he cannot walk. The man just love CRICKET.

  • Steve on February 4, 2016, 20:07 GMT

    Just as well. WI cricket is at crossroads. Need to move on to more critical matters like how to preserve the combined team, how to unearth and nurture young talent than worrying about giving Chanders a game or two to retire gracefully.

  • Harrinarine on February 4, 2016, 18:59 GMT

    This Sunday we will witness the oldest Quarterback (39) in the Super Bowl -- a contact sport mind you. Yet we have a 41 year old not allowed to play test cricket despite his tenacity. What if he scores a couple of centuries for Guyana, then what...

  • john on February 4, 2016, 4:53 GMT

    ranpath, look at my previous comment. A player like ponting had years of low scores but never got dropped.

  • john on February 4, 2016, 4:52 GMT

    Sehwag, Ponting, Tendulkar would have never been dropped or asked to retire. That's why Badly Chanderpaul was treated.

  • Jonathan on February 4, 2016, 2:36 GMT

    @caveman Chanderpaul doesn't care about the MCL career wise, basically what this article and Chanderpaul are blatantly stating is that the WICB had him cornered he couldn't play for West Indies because they obviously weren't going to select him and they weren't going to let him play in the MCL either whether or not it required for him to be retired. In other words the WICB forcibly retired Chanderpaul but they wanted the words to come from his own mouth. The MCl NOC saga was their perfect opportunity. Also Chanderpaul wasn't past his prime he just had a rough patch a rarity for him mind you.

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