Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s long, illustrious career at the international level seems to be over after he was omitted from the West Indies side to face Australia next week.
The veteran batsman was axed after a 21-year career spanning 164 Tests and 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37.
The 30 centuries the 40-year-old Guyanese scored brought him tantalizingly close to Brian Lara’s West Indies record of 11,953 runs. The team will be announced on Friday.
Chanderpaul’s selection was always in peril after disappointing performances in the recent three-Test games against England, scoring only 96 runs in the entire series.
West Indies chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd said it was a tough but necessary decision to drop his compatriot.
Lloyd acknowledged Chanderpaul’s “significant contribution” but said he felt that it was time to introduce younger players.
Chanderpaul’s place in the side has been a topic of conversation for a while. He claimed in 2011 that he had been asked to retire by the Windies selectors following that year’s World Cup and was subsequently dropped from the one-day side after he refused.
The 12-man squad features 10 players who beat England in three days earlier this month to tie the series 1-1.
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin and Marlon Samuels are the most senior players. They will help guide newcomers like batsman Shai Hope and all-rounder Jason Holder.
The squad is in a training camp in Barbados this week before the team for the first Test against Australia is named on Friday.
Australia face a West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in a three-day tour match in Antigua starting Wednesday.
Players like Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite hope a fine performance against the Aussies may elevate him into the West Indies Test squad.
The series begins at Dominica’s Windsor Park on June 3, with the second Test in Jamaica, at Sabina Park, from June 11.
West Indies training squad are: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.