Chanderpaul to stir up the troops

Ottis Gibson with the West Indies squadShivnarine Chanderpaul is determined to let the youngsters in the side know what it means to play for West Indies as they go in search of victory over Bangladesh in their 500th Test (Windies 1/2, Bangladesh 12/1, draw 2/1 – Match Prices).

The 40-year-old is the undisputed veteran of the side and is the first man from the Caribbean in more than 30 years to play a five-day match past his 40th birthday.

Despite his advancing years, the diminutive left-hander still has a hunger for runs and scored an impressive unbeaten 85 as the Windies claimed a 10-wicket victory over the Asians in the first Test (Chanderpaul 11/4 Top Windies Batsman 1st Inns).

The Guyana-born ace is now only 413 runs away from overtaking Brian Lara as West Indies’ highest run-scorer in Tests, and he has given no hint of wanting to hang his bat up any time soon.

How long Chanderpaul plays on for is anyone’s guess but the former Durham batsman is clearly proud to still represent the islanders and confessed that he will be rallying the troops with tales of yesteryear in the build up to the match.

“We will talk about history, where we came from, what happened in the past,” he said. “We are West Indians who fight as hard as we can whenever we step out. We are the type of people who never give up.”

Chris Gayle will miss the match to deal with “personal issues,” and so Kraigg Brathwaite, who hit a double-century in the first match, will open with newcomer Leon Johnson.

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