Former West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaul believes the rise of Twenty20 leagues around the world are having a serious impact on the once-great West Indian cricket team. A number of West Indian players have become Twenty20 Specialists for hire.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul received his International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame commemorative cap at a gala ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground on last month.
Chanderpaul made his Test debut in 1994 and retired 21 years later. He played a West Indies record 164 Tests, scoring 11,867 runs with 30 hundred, He also amassed 8,778 runs in 268 ODIs, with 11 centuries.
“We all played for more than just money, we played for pride,” Chanderpaul said during West Indies’ tour match against an ACT/NSW XI in Canberra last year.
“There are a lot of Premier [T20] leagues around the world. West Indies cricket is not what these guys would depend on these days so I don’t think they’re as keen. They can go elsewhere and play and not focus on having to represent West Indies.”
“Whatever comes up, the guys are happy to make as much as they can while their cricket career lasts.” He added
A number of West Indian players have become Twenty20 Specialists for hire. Andre Russell, 34, is an obvious example.
Having played one Test, 56 one-day matches and 67 T20s for the West Indies, The Star All-rounder’s biography lists him as having played for 31 teams around the globe and competed in 428 T20 matches.