Reports: Shiv left out of squad to face Oz

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West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has reportedly been left out of the Test squad to face Australia, with the West Indies Cricket Board apparently attempting to get him to retire but failing.

Chanderpaul is one decent innings shy of overtaking Brian Lara as the Windies' most prolific run-scorer, and at the age of 40 is by far the most experienced player in world cricket, but appears to be reluctant to step away.

Chanderpaul has not been in good form in recent months, and with a number of young batsmen knocking on the door, it is expected that the squad for the Australia series will not contain the Guyana batsman's name.

He has made just 96 runs in his last three Test series, and despite needing just 45 runs to overtake Lara, chief selector Clive Llloyd is likely not going to be sentimental when coming up against the formidable Aussies.

Lloyd said on Fox Sports, talking around the issue on Saturday: "You can't play players if they're nearing a record, if they're not producing.

"He’s an icon in so far as cricket is concerned but there comes a time when we would have to say ‘thanks very much’. It comes to all of us.

"If it does happen you have to move on and you have to accept certain things in life."

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