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Chanderpaul is the second West Indian to reach the milestone
West Indies veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has become the seventh cricketer in history to play 300 first-class matches after Denis Compton, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Garfield Sobers, Kumar Ranjitsinhji, Graeme Hick and Barry Richards.
Chanderpaul accomplished the milestone whilst representing Derbyshire in a match against Sussex.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) praised the 38-year-old for becoming the second West Indian to accomplish the feat after Sobers.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the WICB and the entire West Indies cricket fraternity, I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Shiv on this momentous occasion,” WICB president Whycliffe Cameron said. “His character and focus have helped him to earn this landmark and he should never let those qualities fade away.
Cameron added that Chanderpaul has etched his name besides some of the greatest players to have ever represented the West Indies and has also become an idol to many youngsters in the Caribbean.
“He continues to impress us all with his durability and appetite for the game, and we urge him to keep up the good work,” Cameron said. “He is a living, breathing example of determination for any young player and we salute him on reaching another milestone in his illustrious career.”