Lara: Shiv one of the giants of West Indies cricket


West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has paid tribute to former teammate Shivnarine Chanderpaul after the 41 year-old announced his retirement from international cricket.

The left-handed Chanderpaul retired from Test cricket having played the most games in the longest format for the Caribbean side, 164, while he is their second leading run-scorer, after Lara, in Test whites with 11 867.

Lara, who retired in 2007, said Chanderpaul has been a great servant of West Indies cricket and it is a shame that he was not given a proper send off.

The former Windies captain said: "Shiv, who played since 1994, had a tremendous career. I started with Shiv in Guyana and remember his first Test match against England.

"He has been a great servant for West Indies cricket and he has done some tremendous things throughout his career, and credit must be given to the man for how he has played.

"That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years, I don't think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution.

"When I do have the opportunity to give him a call and thank him, I will because for me he was one of the giants of West Indies cricket."