IPL 2012 April 3, 2012

Sunil Narine to play entire IPL - Kolkata official


Sunil Narine, the West Indies spinner who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $700,000 in the January player auction, will be available for the entire duration of the 2012 IPL, a franchise official has said. The IPL overlaps with West Indies' home Tests against Australia, and while Narine does not have a WICB contract and hasn't played a Test yet, his excellent form in the limited-overs series against Australia could have resulted in a call-up.

Venky Mysore, the Knight Riders chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo that Narine will be landing in Kolkata today and is free to play in the tournament. Narine and the WICB had been in discussions behind the scenes but the West Indies coach, Otis Gibson, had admitted it would be difficult to stop Narine playing in the IPL if that was his preference. Narine, 23, has taken 34 first-class wickets at an average of 11.88.

Narine first attracted international attention during the 2011 Champions League T20. Opposing batsmen found his assortment of offbreaks and 'knuckle balls' difficult to pick and the most runs he conceded in any game was 26 against New South Wales. In the next match against the Super Kings, he took 3 for 8, accounting for Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and M Vijay.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Muhaimin on April 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    qualified for a champions league. The better the league the more teams from that league that can qualify in comparison to the others. Also can auction for players that didn;t make it as wildcards, which you can only have four of. My KKR team with only four overseas would be: 1. McCullum wk O 2. Kallis O 3. Gambhir (c) 4. Tiwary 5. Shakib O 6. Pathan 7. Narine/ Ten Doeschate/ Bhatia 8. Balaji 9. Lee/ Shukla 10. Abdullah 11. Unadkat

  • Muhaimin on April 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I think that the ICC should be planning international matches not far less than a year in advance. With most of the international tours being held at the same time e.g. A vs B home and away tour, C vs D home and away tour etc and then have a small gap for the international players. This is when you can have official U21, U19 tournaments and other stuff. Then you can have a window for each league and we all know that the IPL probably uses the most money which is why it is the most famous because it plays for the crowd whereas most of the others do a little of that and mostly giving their country's players more domestic cricket. So I think IMO and I'm Bangladeshi the IPL should have its own window and then there should be Cricket League tournament where Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, NZ, South Africa and finally India should all have a joint competition which are One Dayers and ANOTHER ONE FOR T20's where teams can win the league and go on to....

  • rienzie on April 5, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Yup and the windies are such a world class outfit , sammy is the greatest all rounder (in fron of Sir Garry) and thinking captain of all time( ahead of lloyd and bradman), that they can do without Sunil. Yes and the next thing is that richard nixon will be called up from the grave to open the innings with Barath, and we will have fred astaire bowling spin for the windies.... ridiculous, no not quite, with the Sammy and gibson show at the helm, Laurel and Hardy wont even be given a look in if they were alive today!

  • charlie on April 5, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I think the IPL will keep fine tunning ,until it evolves into a sport like American base ball/ hockey, tennis etc: , where the fans would go out for a few hours of entertaiment wherein there is a result ,leaving time for other events ,at the same time earning great sums . This format is more conducive to the Rich North American culture ,which has little patience for long five day matches . It also brings back the gentlemanly aspect of the cricket game ,with the interaction of the international players ;and this is evedent in the current matches being played today during and after the game . Test cricket has already begun to evolve from those long five day ,five match series, into two and three match series , in my opinion .

  • V.L on April 5, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @jevans90 In that case they should have atleast handed him a contract after the ODI series. It just goes to say that they have no faith in this guy despite of his solid performances. Handing him a contract when the team is about to play a major test series is like patting him on the back and saying they believe in his abilities. Don't you agree?

  • Brett on April 4, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    By the time KKR first few matches are completed, the player who everyone would mostly be talking about wont be Kallis or Lee or Shakib or McCallum or Yusuf or Gambhir...it would be NARINE!!! And yes, he's that good:)

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    If ICC creates window for IPl then all the leagues in Australia, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe Bangladesh will have to be provided with windows as well. Sri Lanka & Pakistan are also planning on creating their own club T20 leagues and those will need windows as well.It would be the end of International cricket. instead of having all these leagues running sub standard cricket all the time there should just be 1 big tournament in a different test nation every year. like Fifa world cup. 32 teams divided into 8 groups top 2 from each group qualify for round of 16 then 8 teams go to 1/4 finals then 4 teams go to Semifinals then Finals & 3rd place play off so there would be 6 games per group (6x8 = 48) + 8 games in 2nd round + 4 games in 1/4 finals + 2 in Semis + final & 3rd place play off so a total of 64 games which could be held within the almost 8 week time frame that IPL is having leaving around 40 weeks free for international cricket in the rest of the year

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    very disturbing trend in international cricket. IPL needs to have a window in ICC calender. Otherwise, more and more will happen in future. ICC wake up. I will not blame players want to earn $$$$ for playing only 45 days a year.

  • Reuel on April 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    No body could seriously blame narine here, he doesn't have a central contract with the WICB, so he is well within his right to go to the IPL. @Asadcricfan, Michael Holding did the same thing when he was playing, when he went to the kerry packer series in Australia. The truth is that the WICB doesn't pay it's players any good salary, when compared to the other cricketing nations, they are still managing WI cricket like if its a semi professional sport, our First Class tournament is so poorly managed that it isn't even sponsored. So please don't blame our cricketers when they seek to make money, life in the caribbean is already hard as it is, be happy that some of our people have the chance at making some real money at a young age. They have to live after cricket, just like everyone else.

  • Asad on April 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Unfortunate, no one should ever consider choosing some money filled pajama cricket league over test cricket. Can't wait to hear another Michael Holding rant in commentary. Holding would not approve.

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