Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WICB lauds Shiv on his return to the top of Test Match batting

WICB lauds Shiv on his return to the top of Test Match batting

St John’s, Antigua – West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul has made a return to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test Match Batting Rankings. The reliable left-hander was listed at Number 1 in the latest ICC Test Players Rankings released by the game’s governing body on Tuesday. He has 879 ranking points and is closely followed by Australia captain Michael Clarke on 878 points and Hashim Amla of South Africa on 875 points.

Chaderpaul’s rise came after two brilliant batting performances in the recent two-match series in Bangladesh. In the first Test at Mirpur he made 203 not out – to equal his highest Test score – and followed up with 150 not out in the second Test at Khulna. This earned him the Man-of-the-Series award and led West Indies to victories in both matches as they won the Series 2-0.

The West Indies Cricket Board congratulated Chanderpaul on his return to the top of the international batting ladder as well as his excellent performances with the bat this calendar year.

Chanderpaul ended 2012 with 987 Test runs at the amazing average of 98.70 runs per innings. His other century this year came in his first Test innings when he made 103 not out against Australia at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

His numbers were a big improvement on a good year in 2011 when he scored 646 runs at an average of 53.83 runs per innings. He now stands second on the West Indies all-time list of Test run-makers with 10,696 runs at an average of 51.67, including 27 Test centuries, in 146 Test matches.

In a message, Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, was full of praise for the ever-green 38-year-old, who copped the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy back in 2008, when he was named ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year.

“On behalf of the WICB as well as cricket-lovers across the Caribbean, I want to congratulate Shiv on regaining the Number 1 batting spot in the ICC Test rankings as he completed another outstanding year of batsmanship for West Indies in the Test match arena,” Dr Hunte said.

“Shiv has set very high standards and has maintained those standards. He continues to demonstrate his commitment to West Indies cricket and his love for the game. Earlier this year he scaled new heights becoming just the second West Indian, after Brian Lara, to make 10,000 Test runs. In 18 years of international cricket Shiv has also demonstrated his appetite for runs and the ultimate desire for success.”

Dr Hunte added: “We urge Shiv to continue to ‘bat on’ for West Indies. This year the team showed major improvement with four Test match wins and Shiv played a vital role in those results. He remains a source of inspiration for persons at all levels of West Indies cricket.”

Chanderpaul was fourth on the Test match run-chart this year behind Clarke (1,358 runs), Amla (1,064 runs) and England’s Alastair Cook (1,044 runs). Chanderpaul was the leading West Indies batsman in Test cricket this year. The others in the Top 5 were: Marlon Samuels (866 runs), Kieran Powell (587 runs), Darren Bravo (482 runs) and Darren Sammy (456 runs).


3rd ODI WI vs Bangladesh

 | 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – A career-best, fourth One-day International hundred from Marlon Samuels followed up Sunil Narine’s most impactful spell of the tour to lead West Indies to a four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the third ODI on Wednesday here.

Samuels continued his amazing year of run scoring with a typically silky 126 that included 17 fours and two sixes from 149 balls, as the Windies successfully chased 228 for victory under the lights before 22,724 spectators at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Narine, gaining turn and bounce from the hard, true pitch, had laid the groundwork for the victory, when he collected 4-37 from his allotted 10 overs, as the Bangladeshis were dismissed for 227 in 49.1 overs.

The result meant that the Windies now trail 1-2 in the five-match series which continues on Friday at the same venue, where the two teams also play the final match the following day.

A full match report and scorecard are available here:

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Samuels spoke with the Media following the match.

TT vs Canada has been cancelled for December 2012

 T&T vs Canada tournament in December, we regret to advise that it has been cancelled due to circumstances  beyond our control

However, please be reminded that the Caribbean T20 tournament will begin here at the Oval January 6th 2013.

For your convenience see below:-
Sunday 6th January 2013
T&T vs Jamaica
8.00 p.m.
Monday 7th January 2013
Barbados vs Leewards
4.00 p.m.

Guyana vs CCC
8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 8th January, 2013
Jamaica vs Barbados
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs CCC
8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 9th January, 2013
Windwards vs Jamaica
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs Leewards
8.00 p.m.
Thursday 10th January, 2013
CCC vs Windwards
4.00 p.m.

Guyana vs Barbados
8.00 p.m.
Friday 11th January, 2013
Leewards vs Jamaica
4.00 p.m.

CCC vs Barbados
8.00 p.m.
Saturday 12th January, 2013
Windwards vs Leewards
4.00 p.m.

T&T vs Guyana
8.00 p.m.