Australia in West Indies 2012 March 23, 2012

Narine could face IPL-Test clash


The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has conceded the spinner Sunil Narine could face a difficult decision if the selectors want him in the squad for the three Tests against Australia. Narine was one of the surprise stars of the IPL auction in February, when he picked up a $700,000 contract to play with the Kolkata Knight Riders.

But the IPL coincides with the Test series and Narine's excellent form in the first three ODIs against Australia makes him a likely candidate for the Test squad. Narine, 23, is yet to make his Test debut but has taken 34 first-class wickets at the remarkable average of 11.88, and the Australians would be pleased if he was not part of the Test series.

The issue is complicated by the fact that Narine does not hold a central contract with West Indies, having only established himself as an international prospect in the past few months. Gibson said it would be difficult to stop Narine playing in the IPL if that was his preference, but that discussions were being held to address the clash.

"I'm not sure what the board can do because he's not contracted to the board," Gibson told reporters in the West Indies. "He's got a situation that is going to set him up very nicely and as much as we would like to have him playing, six months ago Narine was not in our thoughts. We need to be a little bit careful in how we deal with that situation and that's what we're doing at the moment. There's conversations going on behind the scenes."

West Indies will almost certainly be without Chris Gayle for the entire Australia series after talks between Gayle and the West Indies board failed to reach a resolution this week. The batsman Marlon Samuels is another man who could face a decision between the IPL and Test cricket, having scored a contract with the Pune Warriors.

Australia's opening batsman David Warner said his priority would always be Test cricket ahead of Twenty20 commitments, despite his high value in the shortest format. However, Warner is expected to be one of the highest-paid men in the Cricket Australia contract list this year, having established himself in all three formats, while men like Narine and Samuels don't have the same kind of security.

"My goal as a kid was to get the baggy green and I'm actually here opening the batting," Warner said. "I'm trying to take my opportunity to cement my place there. I'm 100% Test cricket over IPL any day. These guys have made their choices but at the end of the day they have to make their mind up about what they're benefiting out of it. If it's money then it's money. That's their choice. Some of them might not even get picked in the Test team so we just don't know."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    i think narine should opt for test matches instead of ipl cox simply if he proves himself against the aussies than he will get better deals, options , respect and will make a name of himself after all with fame and hard work everything comes. " money is not everything "

  • steven on March 25, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Isn't it sensational for international cricket that the ozzies are struggling?? Absolutely loving it. Reminds me of their inglorious efforts of the 80s when Crowe was spanking them at the gabba and Hadlee had their bottom lips quivering... Go the WINDIES!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    The real problem here is the fact that there is a clash in the first place. I think that the two poorest test teams, Windies & NZ, should never schedule a series to clash with the IPL so they don't have to put their players through that sort of choice. It is a much harder choice for Narine than, say, David Warner, because someone like Warner gets decent pay anyhow and endorsements etc means he doesn't have to look out for himself financially like Narine.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    hey,WICB don't care about our players.lots of talent in WI and they don't recognise till IPL,Big Bash,etc contracts these players.The WICB should pay Narine his value if they want him to play for them.I agree,Narine should go IPL, because he wasn't in the WICB plans in the first place.How long has he been around now.No one was not taking notes.

  • Wayne on March 24, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    This should be a no-brainer, considering Narine was never valued good enough for a WICB contract. But just in case he needs advice, he need look no further than his Trinidad teammate Dwayne Bravo. It is always better to learn from the mistakes of others than to experience them for yourself. Bravo can tell him much about the type of support, financial and otherwise, one gets from the WICB when injured. Players have to look after the welfare of themselves and their families. How many players have received $200K US bonuses for the efforts they have put in, and the sacrifices they have made? NONE! They are more likely to get kicked to the curb, like Benn, Sarwan, Gayle, etc. Who does the WICB really care about? They are still trying to destroy the one "pro-player" organization (WIPA) in the WI. Like the veterans before them, current WI players need to look out for their own futures. When the game is done they still have to live. I wonder who said that! And, haven't we been here before?

  • Tootu on March 24, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    ICC is the one responsible for the stupid mess. It has to find a way to give IPL and other leagues space in international cricket schedule. Its easy for warner to play tests for IPL because he is paid well, that is no the case for narine.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Most people are advising Narine to forget WICB and Test cricket and go for the 20/20 financial security and at the same time are finding WICB at fault for Gayle not playing for WI and playing 20/20 instead. That is just typical West Indian inconsistency.

  • Jennifer on March 24, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    What the West Indies should do - is try to find sponsors to pay Narine the money he would be missing from the IPL if he chose to play in the test matches.

  • murphy on March 24, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta, warner did get his big break via 20/20 but I think if put in the same situation as narine I reckon he would of chosen the baggy green over the paycheck,a test cap is a priveledge not a right.

  • manoj on March 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    The WICB only have themselves to blame for the Narine dilemma. If somebody was doing their job they would have recognized his talent and had him sign a contract before the Kolkatta team did so it's no use playing the patriotic card now by saying he should choose country over club. Do your homework next time.

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