Cacique Crown of Honour for Chanderpaul
President Bharrat Jagdeo this evening at a reception hosted in honour of Guyana and West Indies’ star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, announced that the cricketer would be bestowed with the National award, the Cacique Crown of Honour. The Head of State said that Chanderpaul is a role model and complemented him on his batting. He urged the batsman to keep up the good work so that others could emulate him.
“Cricket is inter-related to our mood. It’s the well being of the people of our land and when they (cricketers) do well, we do well. It helps us at the political and economic level because when they perform well, people are motivated and it results in greater productivity in the economy,” the President said. The Guyanese Leader said that he was happy that Chanderpaul has returned home and noted that he has done his country proud.
“He has been a beacon for persistence and dedication, hard work and an example for many of our young cricketers not only in Guyana, but around the world. His example is what one could become if they persevere and make enough sacrifice,” the Head of State said.
“We are extremely proud of his achievement and particularly the people of our village (President and Chanderpaul’s hometown), Unity…we congratulate him for achieving this milestone and to show our appreciation he is going to receive one of the highest national award, that’s to show the token of our love and appreciation.”
Chanderpaul expressed his gratitude to the Head of State for the appreciation shown for his performance. Among those at the reception were Government Officials, President of the Guyana Cricket Board Chetram Singh, Chanderpaul’s family, friends and fellow villagers, Management team of the visiting English Cricket Team and players of the West Indies team.
Chanderpaul in September last was named the International Cricket Council’s cricketer of the year. He was also named the West Indies Players’ Association player of the year and was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as sportsman of the year for his country. Yesterday Chanderpaul was given a hero’s welcome as he arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Minister of Culture Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony greeted the batsman at the airport while school children and fans lined the East Bank Demerara Road.
Chanderpaul made his debut in 1994 and to date has played 119 matches with a total of 8.502 runs, averaging about 50. He has amassed 21 centuries, 32 not out innings and 52 half centuries. Having earned the reputation as a steadfast batsman, who can stand at the crease for hours, Chanderpaul’s best first class score is 303 versus Jamaica for his home country. He has also served as captain of the West Indies team but resigned in 2006 to concentrate on his batting.