American College Cricket President Lloyd Jodah announced that 2008 ICC and Wisden Cricketer of the Year Shiv Chanderpaul would be the Head Coach of the 2010 American College Tournament.
The current Guyana and West Indies Test player Shivnarine Chanderpaul endowed the Chanderpaul Championship Trophy for the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship, and endorsed the championship tournament from the beginning. Never before has any active Test Cricket star been so involved in the game in the USA.
Chanderpaul has been the premiere batsman for the West Indies for years. A team player, nevertheless he has many personal accomplishments such as: (1) scoring the 3rd fastest Test century in history; 72 balls, vs. Australia, (2) being the only batsman to bat 1,000 consecutive balls in Tests without getting out, and (3) being second only to Brian Lara in Test runs scored for the West Indies.
Chanderpaul said, “It’s been gratifying to see the response of cricketers across the USA to the thought of playing in the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship.
Some talent has already emerged, such as Adil Bhatti and Ankit Sehgal – it’s exciting to wonder how many more players will take advantage of the opportunities the Championship presents,” adding, “Right now I’m happily playing cricket all over the world but when my schedule permits I’d like to do some coaching of college cricketers in the USA.
The resources of the USA can bring so much to the game and doing my bit to assist cricket in the USA is helping cricket everywhere.”
Shiv Chanderpaul’s manager Chris Thakoopersaud said, “Whilst Shiv’s team commitments are priorities, we’re making every effort to have him present the Chanderpaul Trophy to the National Champions on March 21st in Florida.”
Chanderpaul has also been working with Guyana’s Minister of Sports Frank Anthony to develop the game in schools in Guyana, where his teenage son Brandon lives and plays. Shiv Chanderpaul is currently recuperating from a hand injury that forced him to miss the Australia vs. West Indies ODI Series, now in progress.