New Garden St Renamed Shiv Chanderpaul Dr
Georgetown, March 21, 2009 - In recognition of his outstanding achievement, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council today honoured West Indies batsman and International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the year, Shivnarine Chanderpaul by renaming New Garden Street, Georgetown Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive.
The star batsman, his wife and son unveiled the sign at a simple but significant ceremony to mark the occasion at the corner of Robb and New Garden Street. The event was witnessed by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Kellawan Lall, Georgetown’s Mayor Hamilton Green, Deputy Mayor Robert Williams, President of the Guyana Cricket Board Chetram Singh and other well wishers.
Minister Lall said the historical event was not just for formality, but an appreciation of Chanderpaul’s achievements and for making Guyana proud. He noted that it is an honour for Government to name a part of the city after such a great person and outstanding batsman as Chanderpaul. He emphasized he is a role model not only for young aspiring cricketers, but for young people in general. Minister Lall said that he has shown young people that they can achieve many things in life when they work with astuteness and discipline.
Mayor Green stated that Chanderpaul is a young man that everyone will always remember and that drive will motivate people.
Chanderpaul expressed gratitude to the Government and Mayor for the gesture. President Bharrat Jagdeo hosted a reception ceremony on March 17 at State House for Chanderpaul in honour of his achievement where he announced he will be honoured with one of the highest National awards of Guyana, the Cacique Crown of Honour (C.C.H).
In September last, Chanderpaul was named the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’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. He 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.