Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been dropped from the West Indies squad ahead of its two-Test series against Australia.
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West Indies chief selector David Lloyd confirmed the decision on Monday, saying it was made with an eye of the future.
“This was a tough decision for the Selection Panel to make,” Lloyd is quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
“We recognise the significant contribution Chanderpaul has made to the West Indies teams over the last two decades, but we want to take this opportunity to introduce a number of young, promising players into the squad.”
Chanderpaul is just 86 runs shy of Brian Lara’s all-time runs record for West Indies, however the 40-year-old has struggled in recent series’ against South Africa and England.
Despite his poor recent run of form, Chanderpaul still ranks as being the West Indies’ best batsman according to the ICC World Player Rankings.
Chanderpaul is ranked 12th on the list of the world’s best batsman, with Darren Bravo the next best West Indian in 28th position.
The veteran holds an impressive Test record, scoring 11,861 runs at an average of 51.37 in his 164 matches with the West Indies.