July 8, 2005
Chanderpaul under fire from WIPA

West Indies cricket captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has come under fire from Dinanath Ramnarine, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

Ramnarine accused Chanderpaul of benefiting most from WIPA’s efforts and questioned Chanderpaul’s attitude towards (WIPA). For Ramnarine Chanderpaul had been ungrateful for what the WIPA had achieved for him personally. {{more}}

“Fortunately or unfortunately, at this point in time, Shiv felt he would go and play under whatever conditions,” Ramnarine said in a telephone interview on BBC’s Test Match Special during the NatWest Trophy final between England and Australia.

“It certainly wasn’t that way a few years ago,” Ramnarine added. “I remember Shiv was one of those people who benefited significantly when WIPA fought a battle with the board to get money for players who were injured between 1999 and 2003 and never got compensation.”

Ramnarine also saw the repercussions of Chanderpaul’s decision to sign the WICB’s match/tour contract for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka while the majority of the other senior players did not, leading to the selection of a makeshift team.

“It’s rather unfortunate to have the players making a principled stand and the captain of that side going in a different direction,” he said. “It tells a story.”