West Indies pick Narine in World T20 squad
Offspinner Sunil Narine, who was suspended from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action in November last year, has been named in West Indies' squad for the upcoming World Twenty20, which will start from March 8 in India. The squad will be led by Darren Sammy.
Narine was reported for a suspect action during the third ODI on West Indies' tour to Sri Lanka in November. An independent assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit.
The squad for India features 11 players who were part of West Indies' title win in 2012. The new faces include West Indies' Test and ODI captain Jason Holder, who is a part of a World T20 squad for the first time, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who has not represented West Indies in the format since January 2015. Andre Fletcher and Jerome Taylor are the two other players who were not part of the 2012 squad.
The squad also includes Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard who were controversially axed from the ODI team for the South Africa tour in 2015 and the World Cup, and have since featured only in T20 internationals.
Incidentally, Bravo and Pollard were among six senior players who were not given annual retainer contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board for the period between October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. Gayle, Sammy, Andre Russell and Narine were also not offered contracts, although Michael Muirhead, the WICB's chief executive, had stressed this would not be a factor in the selection of the World T20 squad.
Currently ranked No. 1 in the T20s, West Indies are in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage at the World T20, along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifying team from the first round of the tournament. The squad will assemble in the UAE for a preparatory camp between February 22 and March 6, and will travel to India on March 7. West Indies are scheduled to play two warm-up matches in Kolkata, against India and Australia on March 10 and March 13 respectively, before travelling to Mumbai for their first league match against England on March 16.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor