Mumbai, May 26: Shivnarine Chanderpaul can still play a Test of his life-time.
The 41-year-old left-handed batsman has been axed for the two Tests against Australia (at Roseau on Jun 3-7, and Kingston on June 11-15) and thus he will miss the chance of beating Brian Lara's West Indies record of highest aggregates in Test matches.
"No farewell Test for Chanderpaul has been planned yet because he has not announced his retirement. Will decide (to host a farewell Test for him) whenever he announces his retirement", Emmanuel Nanthan, the Hon. Ambassador and the vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), said exclusively over telephone on Tuesday morning (India Time).
Interestingly, Chanderpaul is 86 runs away from breaking Lara's highest Test aggregate runs (11953) for West Indies.
"My dad is aware about this Windies record. We all know that. He would have loved to break Lara's record. But what can be done if he is not included in the team?" Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of Shivnarine, speaking exclusively from Guyana, said over telephone.
Incidentally, the 19-year-old Tagenarine plays for Guyana, Guyana Under-19s and West Indies Under-19s teams.
"Yes, I am disappointed (on not being in the team). I don't want to speculate on my retirement plan", Shivnarine Chanderpaul says from his home in Guyana.