'Tiger' Shivnarine Chanderpaul retires from international cricket

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St. John's (Antigua), Jan 23: Veteran West Indies' batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has announced his retirement from international cricket.

In a media release, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Friday (January 22) said that Chanderpaul had informed that he was no longer available for selection for the team.

File photo: Shivnarine Chanderpaul celebrates a Test century

"Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket almost 22 years after making his debut," WICB said.

"The durable left-handed batsman, affectionately known as "Tiger", formally notified the West Indies Cricket Board in an email that he will no longer be available for selection for West Indies," it added.

"The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best," said WICB President Dave Cameron.

The 41-year-old Chanderpaul made his debut way back in 1994 against England in Georgetown. One of the best batsmen in Test cricket, he called time having accumulated 11,867 runs, 2nd highest for West Indies behind the legendary Brian Lara (11,953).

Left-handed Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, 268 ODIs (8,778 runs) and 22 T20Is. He scored 30 Test and 11 ODI centuries. He averaged 51.37 in Tests and 41.60 in 50-over internationals.

Chanderpaul, son of fisherman, started his Test career with a 62 in his hometown Guyana. His last Test was in May 2015, also against England. He ended his career with a duck. However, in his 1st and last matches, he was on the winning side.

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