Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies and Guyana batsman, will receive the Cacique Crown of Honour, Guyana's third-highest national award, from his country's government. The announcement was made by Guyana president Bharrat Jagdeo at a function on Tuesday.
"Chanderpaul has been a beacon of persistence, dedication and hard work and an example to many of our young people and young cricketers, not just in Guyana and West Indies, but all over the world," Jagdeo said.
Chanderpaul, who is currently the ICC International Cricketer of the Year, said he was "delighted" at the news. "Every award is special and this is one is quite special," he said. "It is always great to be recognised by your own people."
Present during the function were members of the Guyana parliament; members of the West Indies and England teams; officials from the West Indies Cricket Board and the Guyana Cricket Board; and some of the residents of Unity Village where Chanderpaul grew up and learned to play the game.