Simmons: Chanderpaul didn’t fit in


West Indies coach Phil Simmons has insisted that he has not treated Shiv Chanderpaul with any disrespect after axing the veteran left-handed batsman from the squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Australia.

Chanderpaul, who has played in 164 Test matches, was dropped from the Windies team after averaging 16 in his last 11 innings in the longest format of the game. His highest score was 50 against South Africa in January.

Simmons said he cannot pick a player because of his reputation and that the West Indies Cricket Board will acknowledge the 40 year-old for everything he has done for cricket in the Caribbean.

"He has had a long and illustrious career and we know he's done a lot for West Indies cricket, but at the same time when we sit down to select a team, we sit down to select a team to win a game against Australia, and to play the two Tests in the series against Australia.

"When we went through the process, he didn't fit in so it's not about giving someone two Tests to finish their career, it's about picking the best team to play the next game.

"It is a case where we need to acknowledge and laud his performances over the years by acknowledging it. There are other ways of acknowledging what he's done for West Indies cricket and that's in the process now with the Board, of doing things to acknowledge that this is what he's done for West Indies cricket over the past 20 years."

The Test series with the Aussies starts on 3 June in Dominica followed by a match in Jamaica on 11 June.