The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) has offered congratulations to West Indies middle-order batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who this week became the first West Indian to play in 150 Test matches.
The IAC in a statement said, “The Indian Arrival committee wishes to congratulate Shri Shivnarine Chanderpaul, arguably the greatest Guyanese Test cricketer and former captain of the West Indies cricket team, on the occasion of his playing his 150th international Test match, which is currently being played between the West Indies and India at Mumbai.”
It added, “The IAC understands that Chanderpaul is only the seventh test cricketer to achieve the milestone of 150 Test matches and is the first West Indian to do this. The IAC recognises the outstanding contribution made by Chanderpaul since his Test debut against England in the 1993-1994 home series in which he made four half-centuries at the age of 19; his worth to his team is magnified by the sad fact that he came into it at the early stages of its precipitous decline.”
The IAC said it is hopeful that the contributions of Chanderpaul to world cricket will inspire the next generation of players.
“The IAC also recognises the dedication of Chanderpaul to all of the teams that he has played for during his career of almost two decades in all of the major cricketing countries. The IAC is calling upon all Guyanese to recognise the continuing contribution of Chanderpaul and encourages youth involved in all sports to emulate his supreme qualities of decipline, industriousness and perseverance,” the release concluded.