Shiv will get Board’s award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board is planning to honour batting star and International Cricket Council Player-of-the-Year, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, during next year’s England tour.

Chanderpaul became the first West Indies player to be named ICC Cricketer of the Year earlier this month, and the Board has announced it will honour the Guyanese left-hander in a special recognition ceremony at the start of the 2009 England tour of the Caribbean.

The WICB, in an official release yesterday, said it was supportive of a proposal for a special recognition ceremony at the beginning of the Test Series against England.

England will be in the Caribbean from late January to early April for four Test matches, four One-Day International matches and a Twenty20 International.

Chanderpaul, 34, had a bumper year, scoring 247 runs in three Tests in South Africa; 130 runs in two Tests against Sri Lanka; and rounding off the Digicel Home Series 2008 with 442 at an average of 147.33 against Australia.

During the voting period, he played eight Test matches, scoring 819 runs at a fabulous average of 91.00, including three centuries and six half-centuries, all of which were against the top seven teams in the world.

He became only the fourth West Indies batsman – after legends Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers – to surpass 8,000 runs in Test cricket.

He also played 13 ODIs during that time, finishing top of the averages with 74.75 having scored 598 runs, a haul that included a century and five 50s.

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