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Antigua: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indian great, called time on his 22-year-old career. The southpaw batsman notified West Indies Cricket Board in an email of his decision to retire from his international cricket.

Dave Cameron, WICB President said, “The WICB acknowledges the invaluable contribution Shiv has made to the game globally and we wish him all the best”.


A career that spanned 164 test, 268 One Day Internationals and 22 T-20 appearances, was full of unforgettable moments.

Chanderpaul ended his career just 86 runs short of Brian Lara’s tally of 11953, the highest for West Indies. He is seventh highest scorer in the history of the test cricket.

He started his career against England at his home ground in March 1994. He was dropped last year after his continued poor form against England.

The batsman was known for his awkward batting stance and the ability to play through the time. With age, he had got better as he has the second best batting average after the age of 35.

He averaged more than 50 in test cricket and more than 40 in ODI cricket crossing the benchmark set for attaining the greatness in the cricket world.

Chanderpaul was a great role model for the game as he kept himself free from the controversies and was admired by the opposition for his work ethic. He wasn’t the most technically right batsman and many experts had written him off very early but he proved them all wrong.

He was the backbone of the West Indian team which unfortunately had got very weak in his time. Although his team won his last test match. Shivnarine Chanderpaul clearly was one of the best Indian origin batsmen to play for the Caribbean team.(Image-cricinfo)


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The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.

Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background

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