West Indies batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been named as the batting consultant of the Rising Stars U19s for the upcoming high-performance camp in Antigua.
The U-19 camp will be a part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held in the Caribbean island between January and February 2022.
Notably, 47-year-old Chanderpaul is the most capped player in West Indies Test history. He has featured in 164 matches, amassing 11,867 runs with a decent average of 51.37.
After the appointment, Chanderpaul will be the newest member of the coaching staff, headed by head coach Floyd Reifer, and will be part of this preparation period, which runs from November 15 to 28 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Commenting on the development, Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies’ (CWI’s) Director of Cricket said: “We want to welcome Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the Rising Stars U19s group and we look forward to him working with our young players at this critical stage in their development pathway. Shiv has a tremendous amount of cricketing knowledge and know-how and he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”
“We already have another icon of the game in Sir Curtly Ambrose, who has been involved with the squad since the camp in August, as well as several other outstanding coaches,” he added.
On the other side, Robert Haynes, CWI’s Lead Selector for the West Indies Rising Stars U19s said: “Having had a month-long camp in Antigua in August followed by the 18-man West Indies Under-19 squad tour of England, I am looking forward to see the continued progress and improvements of the various players as well as to interact with them to understand their thinking and approach to the game.”
“The two-week camp will include four practice matches along with continued skills and physical development, and it’s an opportunity for all players invited to stake a claim for selection for the series at home and the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup,” Haynes added.
The Windies selection panel has named 28 players for the camp following the previous camp and trial matches held in August.
Onaje Amory, Anderson Amurdan, Ackeem Auguste, Justin Beckford, Teddy Bishop, Carlon Bowen-Tuckett, Jaden Carmichael, McKenny Clarke, Rivaldo Clarke, Amrit Dass, Giovonte Depeiza, Nathan Edwards, Andel Gordon, Sion Hackett, Justin Jagessar, Jordan Johnson, Kyle Kissoondath, Johann Layne, Jaden Leacock, Nicholas Lewin, Anderson Mahase, Matthew Nandu, Shaqkere Parris, Kelvin Pittman, Isai Thorne, Shiva Sankar, Vasant Singh, Kevin Wickham
Floyd Reifer (Head Coach), Rohan Nurse (Assistant Coach), Sir Curtly Ambrose (Assistant Coach – bowling), Shiv Chanderpaul (Batting Consultant), Steve Liburd (Assistant Coach – fielding), Ryan Austin (Assistant Coach – spin bowling), Jamal Smith (Assistant Coach – wicket-keeping), Junie Mitcham (Team Manager), Gregory Seales (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Lyndon Knights (Physiotherapist), Avenesh Seetaram (Team Analyst), Jelani Robertson (Mental Skills Coach)