ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The Dominica government Friday named West Indies off spinner Shane Shillingford a Goodwill Ambassador, saying it hopes his achievement in the just concluded Test series against Australia would serve as a motivating factor for young people here.
Shillingford, the fourth Dominican to play Test cricket for the West Indies, created local history when he became the only Dominican Test cricketer to take 10 wickets in a match at the Windsor Park Stadium, which staged the third and final Test this week.
Sports Minister Justina Charles, who made the announcement on local radio here, said that Shillingford, who bagged match figures of ten for 219, should “serve as a motivating factor for young people” adding also that he would be issued with a diplomatic passport.
Despite the Windies’ 75-run loss in the match, Shillingford enjoyed a good outing before his home crowd, also scoring a career-best unbeaten 31 in the second innings as West Indies were bowled out for 294 on the final day Friday.
The 29-year-old Shillingford, who was sidelined for a year-and-a-half after the International Cricket Council deemed his action illegal, finished the series with 14 wickets from two games.