IPL 2012

Sunil Narine to play entire IPL - Kolkata official

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April 3, 2012

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Kieron Pollard high fives Sunil Narine, West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, St Vincent, March 20, 2012
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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.

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Posted by Tiger-Claw 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

Posted by Tiger-Claw 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....

Posted by rienzied 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!

Posted by simonviller 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 .

Posted by maddy20 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?

Posted by LoveT20 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:)

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Reuelsean 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.

Posted by AsadCricFan 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.

Posted by jevans90 on (April 4, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

@maddy20 I quote again from the Q&As the ICC produced to accompany section 32A "The new rules apply to all foreign players, WHETHER OR NOT they are under contract to their Member board." (emphasis mine). The regulations were put into place to prevent situations exactly like this one from happening. As a West Indian player, who hasn't retired from international cricket in the last 2 years, Narine cannot play in an overseas tournament without a NOC from the WICB, and they would be well within their rights to refuse one. I think it just upsets me that a talented young cricketer is quite possibly going to be warming the bench in a domestic hit and giggle tournament, when he should be playing a test against Australia.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Guys. Why do you hate on Ryan Ten Doeschate? Why do you not include him in XI?


Posted by sonu9999 on (April 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

PARTH , you seemed to have gone wrong while selecting squad for KKR...at position 9 LEE/Naraine , seems to be inapporpriate as both are too good and quality players as compared to your balajis and abdullah..LEE & Sunil are proven talent , while Balajee and few others are only at most average..so correct the options.

Posted by PARTH_ on (April 4, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

I can't see Brett Lee in Australia test Squad. Hope he will be fully available for KKR this time. KKR seems to be stronger this year. 1. McCullum 2. Kallis 3. Gambhir 4. Tiwary 5. Pathan 6. Shakib 7. Shukla 8. Chirag Jani 9. Lee/Narine 10. Balaji 11. Abdullah

Posted by anshu.s on (April 4, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

@cricbuff ,which dark ages do you belong to ? or are you one of those who dosen't follow any other sports other than cricket which if you did you would notice all the professional sports in the world lke Football,Basketball,Tennis,NBA,NFL,etc are mostly played by clubs n country v/s country is only seen in world cups or continental championship every 4 years.Pls try telling Wayne Rooney not to play for Man U so he can be fit forEngland at Euro's in the summer n then see the response you get from Man U fans.2 months of IPL cricket is not going to destroy other 10 months of non-stop international cricket.Sunil Narine is young n he will get a lot of chance to play for W.I, please ICC find a window for IPL to avoid such situations.

Posted by maddy20 on (April 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@jevans90 You missed the point my friend. It applies only to cricketers contracted by the cricket boards. Simply put Narine is like a freelancer playing part-time cricket for WICB! WICB cracks me up really!

Posted by crikbuff on (April 4, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

This is just one way in which IPL is damaging world cricket. Test cricket is the highest form of the game, and should have the maximum incentive. IPL has also caused downfall in the Indian team's performance, and the players are no longer bothered about India's performance, as they earn millions in IPL. It is now up to cricket fans to show the door to IPL, and help revive cricket!

Posted by khaledys2 on (April 4, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

wats kkr's best XI guys? can you post please?

Posted by khaledys2 on (April 4, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

i don get it. how come shakib gets only 400000$ and narine with 700000$. i think shakib is way better than narine in both the departments. isn it?

Posted by Dashgar on (April 4, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

I just hope that Narine takes his 700 grand and then signs up for a WI contract after this. He won't have any excuse that he hasn't got money anymore. A year of IPL is fine, then hit the serious stuff, Tests.

Posted by jevans90 on (April 4, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@Brian go look at ICC Regs Article 32A: "32A.2 Participation in any form of International Cricket shall always take priority over participation in any other form of cricket, and therefore the release of players to play in International Cricket shall be mandatory" Nothing to do with national contracts - if WICB demanded, KKR would be forced to release him. In fact, this is explicitly stated in the accompanying Q&As: "7. Do the new rules apply to all foreign players, or only those who are contracted by their Member board? The new rules apply to all foreign players, whether or not they are under contract to their Member board." Narine could make himself unavailable for the West Indies, but would still require an NOC from them to play IPL, which they would be well within their rights to refuse.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

All along, I was unsure that the Windies were going to pick Narine to play, and my thinking had scarce little to do with if Narine had a contract or not. Exposing him so often to the Aussies in the one-day games, especially when he had such a miserly economy rate and average in the first-class games previous to that was a major gaffe, and verified that the Windies believed that they would prosper with Narine in the one-dayers, and Bishoo in the Tests. That type of bleak man management by the Windies is not new, and sums up the myopic strategy enlisted to deal with international competition! Rampaul is recovering from injury, Edwards's Test form is suspect, and Roach has plateaued. The captain himself is not at his best, but MUST play, and all our pitches are not enabling Windies pace bowling. Narine and Bishoo as spin twins on these pitches, as evinced by the returns in SVG and Barbados would have made the Windies competitive. Now, they are just expected to lose again...

Posted by Metman on (April 3, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

@coverdrive86 ! TnT has the best T20 structure in the WI , and they have been producing lots of T20 talent during the past years.,however they do not have the best overall structure.......not that they are not hungry for 4 day success...they,simply put ,don't know how to play 4 day cricket......this has been going on since 1966 having only won the competition ONLY 5 times including a shared win with Bdos. Bdos in that time has won 20 times including a shared title with TnT.Bdos and Jamaica have a better 4 day structure than TnT,with Jamaica looking to equal Bdos's record of 5 consecutive titles.Futhermore in the over 100 years of WI cricket,they have only managed to produced one cricketer of note who can hold his own in 4 day or test on the Intl scene. I agree though, that TnT is the best team at the moment from the WI to go forward to the Champions T20 League....I,however,don't agree that they can defeat any T20 team in the World.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

@jevans 90. The WICB has no right to stop Sunil Narine from playing. He has absolutely no contratcs with the WICB and therefore not obligated to play for them.

Posted by LifeWithBoundaries on (April 3, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

@Nerk, you wrote "The Windies did not pick four fast bowlers in the 70s and 80s because they just wanted four fast bowlers, they picked them because they were the best bowlers,..." I disagree with you on that. Please watch "Fire in the Babylon" and listen what Viv, Clive Lloyd and Holding give a specific reason why they opted for fast bowler. After the 1975 tour of Australia (where WI was totally demolished by Thompson and Lillie), Clive said, "Never again! Only if we can find some fast bowlers who can bowl as quick as they are or even quicker, lets see how they can handle it." Clive received tremendous criticism because of that but at the end of the day, it worked and WI is victorious!

Posted by S.Jagernath on (April 3, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

This is disappointing,really looked forward to watching him bowl in the test matches.The WICB need to prevent these situations & protect their national squad's interests.

Posted by Tiger-Claw on (April 3, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

This will be an interesting team because I think you are t was allowed only four overseas players in the line-up. Plus Narine could learn alot from Shakib, like how Kolkata usedShakib last year, bringing him on whne the other team were starting to get their batting game, Shakib would either take a wicket or slow the pace down and then Gambhir would bring in Abdulla or Pathan to take a wicket in the next over. However with McCullum, Kallis as the definites. Who will be the third and fourth overseas player Shakib and Bret Lee or Ten Doeschate/ Morgan/ Narine, who will play.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

I think the West Indies will soon start playing two specialist spinners in the future, Samuels if he can get runs again and Gayle if he sorts out the issues with the board offer a couple of part time options as well that gives the captain options and as someone pointed out it is no coincidence spinners do so well in regional competitions in the West Indies I think the pitches will end up like Sri Lankan pitches slow and low and condusive to spin. I follow England so with the West Indies Vs England not too far away been following their results and watched them play a bit, they are playing with spirit and I think they need to start giving contracts to players if they do not want them to play the IPL.

Posted by jonesy2 on (April 3, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

and hear sums up one of the major issues with windies cricket

Posted by jevans90 on (April 3, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

"Otis Gibson, had admitted it would be difficult to stop Narine playing in the IPL if that was his preference." - not at all. ICC regulations are very clear on this; as a full member, West Indies can simply refuse to issue an NOC for the IPL period that clashes with the tests. The regulations are designed to protect the primacy of international cricket, and there is nothing Narine or KKR could do to change that if WICB were strong enough to impose their right to select him.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

West Indies cricket is doomed because even if we produce talented cricketers which are a scarcity nowadays by the time we spot that talent they gone to greener pastures. Before T20 cricket it used to be injuries that stopped us picking our best players now every series players gone to play some T20 league or another. or this player is persona non grata or This player has 'fitness / disciplinary issues'. Ah sick & tired. As soon as Amir ban is up & Umar Akmal comes good I supporting Pakistan @ least they look like they have a future. England suck outside of pace friendly conditions, India & Sri Lanka suck outside of Asia, Never been a fan of Australia / South Africa. New Zealand, Zimbabwe & Bagladesh are ranked below us so there's almost no point even mentioning them here

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

The BBL ends in Australia barely 2 weeks before the ones in SA / Bangladesh begin. Then 3 DAYS after MiWay T20 final IPL starts in India. 2 weeks after IPl final FL20 starts in England and doesn't end until the last week of August. Sri Lanka also wants to host a league of its own in July/ August as well. Then less than 3 weeks into September the ICC World T20 Cup begins in Sri Lanka and runs for almost the same 3 week period the Nokia Champions league was held last year. Champions league will need to squeeze itself inside the 6 or so weeks between ICC T20 & Stanbic Bank 20 series in Zimbabwe in November / December & then the cycle begin anew. Now being that Hurricane / Rainy Season takes up a good 5 months between June & October when will West Indies home season be scheduled that their wont be tremendous complications?

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (April 3, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Just wanted to echo the comments of vinnyg, people keep blaming the Board, but what can they do if Narine hasn't got a contract to hold him?...besides the money offered in the IPL compared to what is rewarded in test cricket, is not even worth comparing. And why it is such a issue in the Caribbean is because our International cricket season clashes perfectly with the IPL. Unfortunately this will continue, once any promising young players come through, will get their head turned, if a offer is made for them. And it does add insult to injury when Indian fans show their glee when young players are available to play for their respected IPL teams. If the situation was reversed and Independent franchises took their players from representing India, during a ODI/test series, they wouldn't be happy about it.

Posted by Mary_786 on (April 3, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

This is so dissapointing for cricket in general, as an Aussie i was looking forward to seeing Narine in the test matches but once again money wins out and now players are picking money over playing for their country, the ICC need to act on this so that this doesn't keep repeating itself. I don't blame Narine for his decision, the most WI players get on their contracts in about 1/10 of what Narine will earn from this IPL contract but this mess needs to be fixed up.

Posted by simonviller on (April 3, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@ Rally _Windies --- If you would , please refresh my memory as to the -spinner in Jamaica who is better than Narine , and who dominated for the past three years ?

Posted by rama_krish on (April 3, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

This talk of Test Cricket being the ultimate form of the game is is nothing. Cricket is a game of skill, tact, guile, determination, focus, strategy, etc. Where is this missing in the shorter formats? The IPL and similar leagues have simply concentrated the time aspect of the game and have made it more interesting for the fans. I like test cricket but who has 5 days to follow a game - I suspect only the retired and those with little to do.

Posted by simonviller on (April 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

No one can dispute T&T 'S domination of t20 in the region ,because they have proven that .I THINK Barbados domination of T&T recently ,is more due to the fact that Barbados has so many good players throughout the lineup who are just on the cusp of test status . Barbados has great depth in pace /spin /all-rounders and batting in reserve ,just a matter of time before the team dominates again . at present they are three pacers and a number of spinners , ready to fill in after Roach /Edwars and Best ; the trio who un-done T&T .

Posted by maddy20 on (April 3, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

The way WICB treats their players , this is a fitting response. I have always wondered why the WI have not been able to resurge to atleast a shadow of their former glory and this just nails it. Sarwan, Narine, Chanderpaul, Gayle are the prime examples. I cannot help but feel sorry for the WI cricket fan. God help ya guys!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

That's a good point made by @Rally_Windies. Even though i'm an Indian, I love watching windies play since childhood. I feel bad about the contract problems for players against the cricket board. Its not a new story, and its been happening for more than a decade. Also the windies spin attack is way far better than indian attack. I have seen narine, bishoo, benn perform. They were excellent. According to me, preferring IPL over country is not good. But we can't blame the players, Its bcoz of the fedup thing over their own cricket board. I'm very sure that Narine made a superb decision. He has plenty of talent to be the best spin bowler. Its definitely going to help him strengthen his skills and experience along with some extra fame and money! Good luck to him. Make your country proud.

Posted by Nerk on (April 3, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

@Rally_Windies - Totally agree with you. The Windies did not pick four fast bowlers in the 70s and 80s because they just wanted four fast bowlers, they picked them because they were the best bowlers, especially considering that the pitches were faster then. So why not, if you have a number of decent spinners and have tracks that take spin, select two specialists? The Windies used to do it, eg Ramnadin and Valentine. Further to this, I think the ICC should establish an IPL window where no international cricket should be played, ala FIFA. This would be a common sense solution to the plan. But then again, why should the ICC suddenly listen to common sense now?

Posted by coverdrive86 on (April 3, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Trinidad & Tobago have been producing lots of talent in the pass years, maybe because their structure for cricket is better than other West Indian countries, with the likes of Lendl Simmons, Bharath, Ramdin, Dwayne & Darren Bravo, Ravi Rampaul, Narine, Polard, Samuel Badree, Daren Ganga (for his captaincy) etc. There is no question on their hunger for T20 success, but what worries me is their apparant lack of hunger for the longer form of the game. There performance against Barbados in the just concluded semi-final of the four-day competition was deplorable. They have not won that title since 2006, if I'm not mistaken. Whilst I think there is no better country to represent WI on the T20 international stage than T&T, because they really have a professional unit that will defeat any side in world cricket via a second-to-none formula they have developed for winning, they really need to tranfer that energy into the longer formats of the game. Good luck Narine - best bowler of IPL 5!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

This was expected so do not act shocked,the Aussies have not seen alot of Bishoo except dvd coverage,tv,etc,so will be very intresting to see him against them as well as Sammy,Edwards and Roach comprising the remainder of the attack.Why does everyone expect Rampaul who only played 1 first class game after being injured and sick to walk straight back into the team ahead of Roach who played in ODI series and looked really good?

Posted by ramab on (April 3, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Like Harish 247 said, I am not sure if he will be able to play that much in KKR especially with only 4 foriegn players allowed with the likes of Brett Lee, McCullum, Kallis, Shakib, Morgan etc. He would have been a better fit for Delhi Daredevils, where they lack quality spinner.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 3, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

At such a young age Narine is taking care of himself & significant others, credit to him. WI have Bishoo as their #1 spinner, he earned his place; It is refreshing to know there are so many choices,Shillingford, Mathurin, Deonarine[all rounder] Samuels [all rounder] whose spin appears to be underrated; What about Benn? He plays with a lot of fire, is he the forgotten man in all of this. Windies can beat Australia in this series, no easy feat, the talent is there ,can the team harness it--I mean the entire team[mgmt inc.] believe they,re showing the way.Good luck WINDIES--Lets play ball.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I am happy for Sunil cause the future is no secure.we know what happened to Dina Ramnarine and many more spinners. Sarwan was unceremoniously dumped.. So without a contract refusing IPL is harakiri. Even Gayle was not spared. So this is a good move by sunil Narine until WI give him a contract . He will be a good asset for trini and WI in the future. Tell in trini ... Go dey boi!!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 3, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

people commenting about IPL vs West Indies cricket ..

let it be known, as a West Indian ... Having the BEST record in regional cricket for 3 years in a row will not get you a chance to play Test Cricket ...

Narine is a "spinner" .... there is even one spinner in the Caribbean who plays for Jamaica who is better than Narine and has dominated the Game for 3 years running ...

he is not the 1st spinner to do that, nor will he be the last...

the West Indies Selectors will not pick spinners on the team ..

Truth be told, WI has more spinning talent than we have Fast Bowling talent, and we should be playing 2 specialist spinners because we HAVE QUALITY SPINNERS ... I watch the Indian Spinners Arshwin and Ohja, and laugh ... they are at least 6 West Inidan Spinners better than them ....

Posted by vinnyg on (April 3, 2012, 13:06 GMT)


Posted by kriskingle on (April 3, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Totally agree @blackie. That was the point I wished to make and logged on for. An unfortunate fallout of the tussle between WIPA and WICB is the lack of confidence in of the players in their own boards, which leads them to choose cash over country. The WICB also is too scared to wholeheartedly back a young but pomising newcomer a full contract and retain his services, probably bitten more than twice by the false dawns the team seemingly specialises in. They are worried that this might be another of those freakish, one-off, flash in the pan phenomena which they will be roundly derided for if the player does not perform and so, tend to leave him hanging high and dry, with the result, the guy has to look for a way to make his livingg in other than international colours.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Well the only positive on this is that Sunil is still a young man and has plenty time to earn some money, before coming back to play test cricket. Spin-bowlers tend to have a longer career than the other bowlers anyway. Let's hope that the amount of boundaries that he's likely to concede, won't effect his confidence and just accept that T20 cricket is designed to showcase the hard-hitting qualities of the batsmen, with no hiding place for the bowlers.

Posted by cking on (April 3, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

I dont understand when people complain about playing for club or country, I have one question to ask; Is it wrong to look after your personal interest? Selectors ignore talent in first place shouldn't they be blamed for this? Why Gayle is still out of the team? Dont blame IPL if you want to blame the system overall. If these kids who has opportunity to make a decent living by playing IPL or any club cricket what is wrong with that. If any of us get more money aren't we going to switch jobs; same applies for them too. So stop complaining and ENJOY

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

this is very bad..country should be first preference for each & every cricketer.How a young man in form can't get chances in the supreme form of the game!this is totally rubbish from WI cricket board

Posted by rama_krish on (April 3, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Wonderful decision by Sunil.

Posted by jupiterlaw on (April 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

WI could not compete with the IPL. Gayle, Pollard and Bravo were offered contracts by WI but refused because they could not resist the dollars on offer in foreign leagues. I suspect that Narine and Russell would follow a similar course. When one considers that the biggest WICB contract is held by Chanderpaul at $120,000.00US per year, one can understand the reluctance of these players to commit. They come from relatively impovrished islands and from impovrished families, so it is easy to understand the attraction that the IPL contracts hold for them.It is an immediate elevation out of poverty. Narine, for instance, when he returns in T&T in 8 weeks will be a T&T millionaire many times over, given that the T&T exchange rate of 6.4TT to 1US. Russell, the Jamaican, would feel even richer than Narine because his exchange rate is 70JAM to 1US.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

IPL is destroying cricket. Players are preferring IPL riches over their country's honor. Do not agree with this logic!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

I have no beef with that. A lesson for the WICB though. He was not contracted. A man's got to do what a man's got to do. I suppose this stint with the IPL will strengthen his confidence & widen his experience & of course enhance his financial status. All the best my boy.

Posted by kelbov on (April 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

its a sad day for windies cricket when such a good prospect could walk away from the ultimate form of cricket (test cricket) as a west indian, i am shocked that Narine would choose IPL over such an important series, in my estimation he stood in the way of Australia dictating the entire series, but once again this shows the mind set of our people.. IPL WILL BE THERE NEXT YEAR... and if he had done well against the Aussies then hid purse would even be bigger be to me he chose the wrong road. These players dont care that Windies remain no. 7 in the world.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Its interesting that his first class record is superior to his List A record. Yet, he's never spoken as a likely test candidate! He averages 11.something with the ball. How on earth has he only played 6 first class matches in 4 years?

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Disappointing for international cricket, but you can hardly blame the kid. Putting people in these country vs cash predicaments is just one of the reasons the IPL continues to be a festering boil on the face of world cricket.

Posted by blackie on (April 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

While i am glad for Sunil and his family to have their financial future secured, this is another examole of WICB's inability to manage Windies cricket properly. Narine has been a 'mystery bowler' for a year now. Didnt any one on the WICB even think they might need him.

Posted by crickethung on (April 3, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Go Sunil and make all WI proud. Shane Shillingford would be a better selection than Bishoo.

Posted by saozzie9399 on (April 3, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

WI need to get Narine on a contract before he ditches international cricket for worldwide t20 leagues.

Posted by harish247 on (April 3, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

sunil is not a good addition they(kkr) have yousuf,shakib,abdulla who are good

Posted by eyballfallenout on (April 3, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

@eliya, i so much wanted him to play for west indies in these tests, but i don't blame him, he has no contract so must look after his future. But hopefully WICB will do a nice contract for him and secure him. He will be a great test player.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 3, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Unfortunate, but you can't blame him. The WICB need to get their books in order!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Really very happy to know this. Good luck Sunil. I would rather suggest KKR to use him as strike bowler, the way MI use Malinga and CSK use Ashwin.

Posted by satish619chandar on (April 3, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

It is expected thing actually.. But to be fair, Bishoo is the No.1 spinner for WI and he will play for sure.. Rampaul, Fidel, Sammy and Bishoo will make up the attack.. Narine will be a good addition but Bishoo deserves it after his excellent performance in India..

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (April 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Good for KKR. Not so good for WI. Good for club cricket. Not so good for International cricket. Good for Narine and his family's fortunes. Not so good for WI cricket's coffers and national self-esteem.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Can't blame him.. How many of us would have seriously rejected a 700,000 dollars contract to secure our financial future??

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