Shivnarine Chanderpaul lambasts WICB for form dip

Published: Friday, May 6, 2011, 12:55 [IST]
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Chanderpaul livid with team management

Miami, May 6: Continuing with his tirade against the West Indies Cricket Board, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has blamed the excessive interference by the team management for the dip in his form. Relations between the Chanderpaul and the WICB have continually soured after the senior batsman along with Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan was dropped from the squad that played against Pakistan in the just concluded ODI series

Speaking to a local radio station Line and Length, the veteran batsman said that he could have done better batting-wise if the team management wouldn't have forced him to bat at different positions and in different ways.

He said, "I think, given the opportunity, I might have got bigger scores. Every time I settled in and started to get runs, messages would come telling what to do and what not to do, how to bat and how not to bat."

Comparing the present team-management, with the earlier ones, he said, "I've been doing it for 17 years. When John Dyson was coach he never said anything to me. When Bennett King was coach he said, 'You go and do your job, we don't have to tell you what to do.' I had no problem then.

Elaborating his differences with the team-management, a livid Chanderpaul said, "Now we have people here, who are telling me how to bat. And when the game is over, I have to answer questions. I have to answer those questions and when I do, and it's not suitable, then I have to agree with whatever answers they want before the meeting is over.

"Been called into meetings everyday, or every other day, spending hours answering questions. You never leave a meeting until they get whatever answer they want. That is what I've been going through. When you batting there are messages coming to you telling you how to bat, it happens until you get out, you know."

Reiterating his claims that the team management asked him to retire which he flatly refused, he said, "They called me into a meeting and asked me to retire. I said I'm not retiring and when I left the meeting they were all pretty upset about it. You telling me I haven't done anything the last 12 months and I've been ranked among the top ten batsmen around the world. Just because I have been batting all over the place, I haven't had an opportunity to do anything much."

The senior batsman also said that neither of the dropped senior trio ever behaved like a superstar and claimed that they have all been sincere in their efforts and commitment to the West Indies team.

Commenting on that he said, "None of us did that. We've been doing what we've been told to do. The CEO and the executive members of the board made a decision to get rid of the senior players. They will have passed on that information to the chairman of selectors and the coach and let them pressure us in every way they can, which they did.

"I see Christopher Gayle in the gym working, Sarwan doing extra work. All of us doing extra work and yet we've been cast aside just like that."

OneIndia Cricket

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