To honor the occasion, the Guyana Ambassador to the United States issued the following proclamation :
Legendary Guyanese and West Indian cricketer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, is known throughout the cricket world for his batting feats. One of the most indomitable batsmen to grace the great game, he is the second highest run scorer for the West Indies in Test cricket and the seventh highest of all batsmen in Tests. From his Test debut, as a teenager, against England, in 1994, which I was privileged to witness at his home ground, historic Bourda in Georgetown, through 21 years playing at the highest level, his has been one of the most storied and remarkable careers in the rich history of cricket. Even now, at the age of 42, he continues to churn out runs for Guyana.
As Guyana’s Ambassador to the USA, I am delighted that this great Guyanese will be at the American College Cricket National Championship, featuring teams from the USA and Canada, at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, to present the Chanderpaul Trophy to the new champions. I am also pleased to note that the Semis and Finals will be televised on SONY Entertainment Television in the USA and Canada on March 25 and 26. And it would be remiss of me if I did not pay tribute to another countryman,Lloyd Jodah, the founder of American College Cricket, for the seminal role he has played in the development of cricket on campuses in North America.
Shiv “Tiger” Chanderpaul has himself been a wonderful ambassador for cricket around the world, and in supporting American College Cricket these past 8 years, he has helped the game’s development in the United States tremendously. An authentic Guyanese and West Indian hero, he is also a hero to cricketers in colleges in the USA and Canada.
I salute Shiv and Lloyd and I wish the participating teams all the very best in the American College Cricket National Championship.
Ambassador of Guyana to the United States of America