Australia in West Indies 2012 March 23, 2012

Narine could face IPL-Test clash

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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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  • 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 "

  • HadleeCrowe 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GravyMon 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?

  • NaniIndCri 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.

  • 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.

  • wjennifer65 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.

  • mdiggity 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.

  • kunderanengineer 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.

  • 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 "

  • HadleeCrowe 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GravyMon 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?

  • NaniIndCri 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.

  • 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.

  • wjennifer65 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.

  • mdiggity 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.

  • kunderanengineer 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.

  • mikkel05 on March 24, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    I hope Narine is smart enough to see that he has a few years to develop him self to be what so ever he wants to be as a cricketer .. he should take this opportunity to secure himself by making some money .. someday he will want to have a family and know that he could provide for them ..besides all of you that thinks he should not go would just turn around and say he is no good anyway if he would have played two test and failed to perform .. we west indians are not very nice and should wish the young man all the best.. after he had played to IPL series and is secure then it in time to settle down,, life is about security and one way to do that is to make it while you can or have the opportunity to,,

  • JuggyBear on March 24, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Now while it may be the 'moral' thing to play for country first, is it fair that we judge everyone the same? Narine is not even contracted by the WICB, meaning that all he is earning right now is match fees. Is it right that a young man in his prime be criticized for taking the opportunity to earn upwards of 700,000 USD (close to 4,500,000 TTD) when his alternative is to earn virtually nothing? If he were contracted, I would say country first but whatever decision he makes I will have no problem with.

  • ABP235 on March 24, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    People who are saying country first must realise what WICB has done to nurture a talent like Narine. He hasnt fallen from the sky suddenly. If one remembers, he was part of the T&T squad couple of years ago that won almost everything in the CLT in India. There were others in that squad, like the Ganga brothers who havent been given proper chance in the WI squad - Sherwin being a good young prospect and Darren being a great captaincy material. Mind you, I am a IPL hater (yet, an Indian!), but in these uncertain WI political games, it is better for Narine to go and play every game of IPL, build his bank account for his future and then come back and play test and ODI cricket later. International cricket is year round, IPL is there for about 6 weeks only. Its a huge ROI business Narine, would be foolish to reject. Go play and may be you will win some MoM awards as well, and bonuses for helping the team win!

  • on March 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Sums of money r relative & don't necessarily make u wealth. Perry Packer money was big, but I don,t see any super rich WI player. I can make a million Ja dollars & become wealthy, I can make a million Us & die a pauper. It's about wise investments. Sunil is a match winner & along with Bishoo will give the Aussies hell. A chance for WI to get back on it's winning path & the WICB to make money & pay players better. Once we move up the rankings the sponsorships will come. Firms invest in success not failure. Once we r winning players can call more money at IPL. Don't see the trees look at the forest. Gayle is not seeing it this way. How sad.

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    there is only one resolution for this, the icc has to do like fifa develop a schedule where international cricket and ipl/ champions league tournaments are not being played simultaneously.

  • Geeva on March 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    If Narine is picked in the Test Squad.I thinmk he cant play for the IPL i thought the ICC and IPL had agreement that International players wont be allowed to play in IPL if they have International Committments!

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    This is what happens when the International cricket doesn't have a window for the IPL... Whether we like it or not, but most of the guys would fall to the temptation of the money in the IPL (including most of us had we been in their shoes!)

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    As aid WI is not a nation and therefore Narine ha no patriotism to WI. In addition narine has to realise that the earnings from IPL would far exceed what he will earn from WI. Ye the IPL may always be there but what happens if Narine loses form or gets injured and cannot play while pursuing a test career. or even worse that batsmen begin to "work him out" given the technology that tems use in today's game. He hould grab the opportunity that the Ipl is giving him that will secure him a financial future.

  • SirViv1973 on March 24, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @the scot, What a horrible negative post. If every player in the carribean thought like that there would be no international furture for the Win. WIn have put themselves in a great position to beat Aus in the ODI series and if the best players are available for the test series there is no reason why they cant be competitive and dare I say even win that series too. There are some good young players finally coming through in particular Barath,Edwards, Darr Bravo,Roach,Bishoo,Russel and now Narine, so the future really isn't that bleak. The IPL is here to stay and although it won't always be possible the WICB should be trying to arrange series which don't clash with IPL, this yr would have been tough due to tour of Eng but in future the 2 home series that are played each year should be split with 1 in march -early Apr and the second in June July after the IPL has finished. Whatever happens in the furure playing international cricket should always be the pinnacle of any players career.

  • anshu.s on March 24, 2012, 8:08 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.

  • Vivian_Richard on March 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    West Indies is not a country. Just saying. Sunil's not obligated to play for a 'consortium' of nations. That said, he is playing better than anyone's expectations at the moment. Hopefully he can continue with the same form. 700,000$ is huge money for someone playing under a cash crunched board. Warner has spoken...

  • Dashgar on March 24, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    The west indies board should have a sit down with Narine and invite David Warner along. Narine should see that IPL will be there for a long time and playing well in tests will only increase his value. But Test cricket is the pinnacle for a player and if he wants to be a great player he has to do it playing Test cricket. Narine is young and will make plenty of money in his career, he should do it playing the highest form of the game, not be a gun for hire like Gayle.

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @murfa22. Warner has already done that, and came thru that route. Played in a lot of 20-20. Learned a lot. Proved his worth. And, then got his slot in the national team. That too after earning a lot thru 20 -20. And also earning equally well as a national player.He can afford to talk big and pretend to be a true patriot. For heaven's sake, don't compare Narine with Warner.

  • on March 24, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    country above anything else . ipl is just a money game . Stick to your morals . Play for your nation

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Country first please.......

  • on March 24, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    No one can blame narine for going to the IPL and earning a fat pay cheque,after all he is not a contracted player with the west indies. Once he goes the icc player of 2011,the almost forgotten man called davindra bishoo will get his chance to play,and he will not be an easy proposition either for the aussies.

  • mdiggity on March 24, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    To all those warner knockers, would you give up your openers spot playing for the stongest nation in cricket for a couple of months of domestic 20/20

  • on March 24, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    narine shd play for KKR...it will be a good booster for KKR

  • on March 24, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    easy for warner to say he already makes a lot playing for australia

  • on March 24, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    sunil narine was seen in the champions league and every person who knows cricket knew he will only get better and he was good then. goes to show how much otis gibson knows when he said 6 mth ago narine was not in the selectors plans.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Narine, either get the contract with WI or play for IPL. first make yourself wealthy enough!

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    narine is not goign to turn down 700,000 us .....beside bishoo is more of a wicket taker than narine ..he just have better economy .....

  • woodhaven on March 23, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    IPL ruined NZ cricket and west indies cricket and now ruining india itself

  • Sinhaya on March 23, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Oh Narine, country comes first so please play for West Indies!

  • on March 23, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Narine,

    Play in the IPL..secure your future. Nobody can take care of yourself and your family. Certainly not the board made of alchemists. The opportunity to play for West Indies will always come along for a quality spinner. Best wishes on whatever your decision is. Do not second guess yourself. From a fan from India

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    @Jonesy2: Lol..the weakend Windies team is trashing your so called Mighty Australian team.. Watch out..

  • StopSmoking on March 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    So, why wasn't he given contract before again? It will be selfish decision by Board if they force Narine to play with Aus, instead, by killing his employment chance!

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    If Narine plays in IPL his bowling style will be decoded by the Indians :P

  • SrUmpire on March 23, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Oh yeah Warner!!! I want you to say this when you're in bad form and you're dropped from the Australian team and then you get an opportunity to play in IPL. I'm sure you won't say, I want to get back into form by playing shield cricket and not think of earning a million bucks. I'm damn sure you won't... And pls don't be judgmental about what others players want/ought to do in these kinda situations.

  • TheScot on March 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    What will Narine achieve when playing for WI? The privelege to lose and feel sad. With KKR he can atleast dance and party with Bollywood and become famous in Subcontinent, even if he looses (which he will with KKR). And money! There is no privelege in playing for WI, as Gayle can vouch. It is really sad that I have to say the last line after being a fan of mighty Indies of 80s and 90s.

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Many test cricketers from all over the world are effectively, productively, and entertainingly using the additional skills they developed while playing 20-20. So, criticizing 20-20 for all the ills in test cricket is outrageously unfair. Test cricket has become more interesting to watch after the advent and success of 20-20. Don't bite the hands which feeds you, at least to some extent.

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Mr Warner, pl don't pontificate. Especially after he used 20-20 as a ladder to climb to where he is. Now, he does not want poor kids from poor countries to use the same ladder! Hilarious! Double standards of the Nth order!

  • rohanblue on March 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    we should play shakib in the 11, nt naraine, shakib is in awesome form.......

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Watch out, how the West Indies Board is going to handle the Narine issue, if it crops up. Will be another 'Hilarious' situation, as 'Hilarious ' as the way they had and have been handling Gayle. But Gayle had already made enough money to secure his future; so it was easier for him to handle his 'issue' the way he wants. But poor Narine is not in the same situation. Let us wait and see.

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Don't compare guys like rich Warner with guys like poor Narine. It is unfair. Only people coming from middle class families with strong family commitments can understand and appreciate Narine's dilemma!

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Most people forget that cricket, in the end, is just a job. If people like Narine can get the opportunity to mint triple the money he gets from the Windies in less-than-a-quarter the time, then why not? Besides, the WI is losing its value, the WICB is arrogant and the world is in an economic crisis! Plus, Warner's forgotten that it was T20 and IPL that made him such a rage all over the world.

  • fuzziduck23 on March 23, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Sunil, take up your IPL contract buddy. Secure your future. You're only 23, and if you continue to play as you do, Test cricket will come eventually. Look at Polly....made his money, secured his finances and is looking to make a push now for the West Indies. No one can make him feel like he needs anything from them in the hierarchy, and he can just focus on playing his cricket.

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    BCCI needs to ensure people who have test commitments or central contracts are not forced to make a pick...this is just bull

  • on March 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    The question each fan should be asking them self is cricket a privilege or a profession for the players. Playing for west Indies should be the 1st choice for our players but in today`s economic players are going to try secured there financial future when ever it present it self, The way WICB could try to change this is try giving long term contracts so the players can feel secure financially. I made this argument on here last year when the Gayle, Bravo, Taylor and Pollard critics were making noise that they are not patriotic what are they going to say when the current players establish them self in world cricket and pick up over sea big money contract we are at that point now with Narine, Samuel , and Daren Bravo .

  • on March 23, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Sunil need to put himself first. Gibson will get rid of him without hesitation if he has a non par performance or a disagreement with him.Sound decision is to play the IPL, the suffering of international cricketers has come to an end with the advent of T20 cricket.

  • crikbuff on March 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    It is time the whole cricketing world takes a look at IPL and the damage it has done already. Indian cricket is in the dumps, with players disinterested in international matches, and the results are there for all to see. IPL is damaging WI cricket as it coincides with the WI season (Mar-May). IPL is the cancer and is threatening to destroy cricket. Let's kill IPL before it kills cricket!

  • TTking on March 23, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I am from Trinidad where Narine hails from and I personally believe that he should secure his future by playing in the IPL. The WICB knew he had the potential to be a match winner and could have shown faith in him by contract. Also, the WICB does not value their players eg.Lara, Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul..........

  • Munsta101 on March 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Why should Country come first? It's just a piece of land - what had it ever done for him?

    He may want to play Test cricket rather than IPL, but should really put the benefit of his family before the benefit of his country.

    Who's fault is this? The people who created the IPL? No. The players playing in the IPL? No. The people who watch and support the IPL? YES. It is they who have created the demand for this type of cricket.

    Test cricket is not supported anywhere else in the world apart from England. It may be the best and purest form of the game. But it is not making anybody any money, because not enough people care about it.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 23, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I see somebody mentioning about the conflict in the schedules of some countries with the IPL. On one level it is totally unfair to stop players to play in such ones like IPL but on a different level it would be very nice if schedules could be worked out so that these exceptionally talented ones can play for their countries and also have financial security.

    @redneck, I hear you on that! I will partner with you on your stunt of bidding and releasing the WI players. Lets gooooooooo.............

  • Sarthak1305 on March 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    cmon man country comes first plus in the IPL you can only play 4 foreigners so it isnt even sure that he will be a part of the squad or not plus there will be an IPL next year as well bt if u choose to play in IPL you show u value money more than country and a place in the test side against the aussies doesnt come every year bt the IPL will.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    This IPL has been nothing but a pain in the rear of West Indies Cricket. Yes a few players have earned big bucks but whenever we need them to play real cricket which is International cricket there is always a clash or complication of some kind. IPL hasnt helped the Indian test team either. It's quite plausible that if test players skipped IPL last year & used West Indies tour to improve technique their performance in England would've been better. However it seems since IPL is BCCI golden egg laying goose it isnt going to get lost any time soon. The Only long term option WICB has is probably to propose a merger between BCCI & WICB. It hurts to the core to have to say that but We cannot hope to dominate International cricket if every time we produce a semi decent cricketer he is whisked away from International duty by the big money contracts on offer @ the IPL!! we would have to hand out West Indies contracts simultaneously with birth certificates & Immunization cards !!

  • class9ryan on March 23, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Warner is 1 of d most paid cricketers in Australia. So he doesnt needs 2 bother d I P L for income. But Narine is not contracted 2 W I C B , he really needs 2 play in I P L for his income.................. People say that its his priorty 2 play for d country. so he should continue 2 T & T as west indies isnt a country..............hahah But Narine should play Test Cricket. Experience comes through test matches not IPL........

  • PACERONE on March 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Narine had better look after himself first.WICB cannot even find a sponsor for their tournaments.hE GETS INJURED FOR W.I AND HE IS DONE.look at Taylor,Gayle,Sarwan,Bravo.They get injured and confusion begins.Players are left with the responsibilities and with vague guidelines from the board. Narine is young..go play IPL and when you are secure play for W.I.

  • royramesh on March 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Busie1979, there is no problem for the W I with the IPL tournament. If the WICB picks a W I player whether he is contracted or not, that becomes his priority in law and in fact. Coach Gibson also has not realised this. The reason is that the IPL or the other big bashes can only contract the players after obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the home board. That NOC is standard for all countries and it states that the player is released providing the home board doesnt need him to play for them. Whether Narine performed well only six months or not, he is available now for the W I if they select him. He has no choice in the decision. Without the W I and T&T resources, coaching and Tournaments, the IPL would not have known about him.

  • akash_mehta15 on March 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I think Narine should play for his country first. If not selected in the test squad he must play IPL as it well add on to his experience and also he will get to know about the pitches and the conditions in different countries. But playing test cricket should be his first priority!

  • indian_wi_fan on March 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    What is going on with Cricket!! Did sound Amazing...From now on every good cricketer will be a part of IPL and other soap opera kind of cricketing circus which would e running through out the year. If every body starts playing for this shortest format of cricket then every time team like WI wouldl play with all 2nd and 3rd division players. Please stop the series then. No body has right to defame a cricketing nation like WI. Sunil Narine has just stepped in and if he sets this kind of precedence future is bleak for cricket. Very sad..very very sad....Cricket is dying.

  • redneck on March 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    seriously if i had a doller for every comment cricinfo didnt post id be rich enough to but my own ipl team. then i could buy every west indian nominated at the auction and release them to play cricket for their country instead of wasting their tallents on the micky mouse comp!

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Narine need to look after his person interest and take up the IPL contract. The WICB has shown that it is insensitive to the personal and psychological and mental state of their players. Gayle is the most shameful example of the Board's infantile and archaic attitudes. Nobody in the West Indies is able to understand the stupid childish spitefulness of the Board.It is exasperating. Power has made them stupid and unthinking.So Narine look after your interest. Remember what they did to Lara after the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. They dont value their players. Present, past and future.

  • on March 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    warner was the one who made the choice of playing for delhi instead of nsw because of the money, so why is he giving all this statements

  • on March 23, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Go to the IPL Sunil. Like the coach said, 6 months ago they couldn't be bothered with you. If you get injured without a contract they won't help you. Secure your financial security.

  • senthil25 on March 23, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    iam form India.......Narine & Samuels should play for WestIndies First.......Country comes first & then only other things, If U give Import to Money then go and join with Gayle...........becouse he is man is not responding the contry team............Warner is team Man, but you know one thing why warner give important to Test, If he play in IPL, he will get the Money but after that he will not get into Australian Test Squard, So Surving his place in the test squad, He dosenot paly in the IPL this is True........

  • jonesy2 on March 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    difficult decision? see that makes me sick and is whats wrong with cricket these days. thank god for great attitudes and players like david warner, who a lot of players could learn from. on another point, australia should have never agreed to play the windies unless all their players were going to be available, waste of time australia coming over and playing weakened windies teams.

  • Busie1979 on March 23, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Talk about impressive numbers - this kid looks like he can play! I hope West Indies manage him well and he doesn't end up in a situation like Ajantha Mendis who is the biggest waste of talent on this planet. It looks like the West Indies have a real problem with the IPL as it coincides with the West Indian domestic season. I am not sure what they can do about this? The international calender needs an IPL window, otherwise this problem will arise time and again every time a player without a central contract is picked for a national side. If I was a star cricketer, I'd be hesitant to take a central contract - playing for your country comes at a huge financial cost for a guy like Narine. I'm not sure if it is practical, but West Indies might need to re-schedule their cricket season around the IPL in the future to stop this from happening.

  • Meety on March 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Good to see that quote from Warner, although the decision is tougher in an organisation like the WIndies where central contracts are not as comparatively high as Oz contracts. For an Ozzy cricketer, who could earn anywhere between half a million to a million bucks - the temptaion to earn another million or so in the IPL is not big. However when you are talking maybe $200k v $700k, that's a massive discrepancy, & I would understand a youngster trying (particularly a bowler), to set themselves up for their future. Who's to say Narine is not a flash in the pan?

  • eyballfallenout on March 23, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    oh, and also this Sanil Narine is a star..... please keep hime in test cricket. 5 x 5fas and 2 10 fas in 6 games.....

  • eyballfallenout on March 23, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    i really hope these guys pick test cricket over IPL and i really hope the WICB does the right thing to make that happen. Long live test cricket!

  • chad_reid on March 23, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    This guy is a superstar in the making

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 23, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    WOW! Indeed it is a difficult situation for such a young talent like Sunil Narine. Warner surprised me with his statement about his commitments. These men need to make theird minds up and not complain about anything. Decisions and options have same weight of consequences and we got to live with them whether we like them or not. I remember watching "Fire in the Babylon" when Viv was offered an open check to play in Africa and he rejected it.

  • MinusZero on March 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I am happy to see Warners comments. Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport, not the hit and giggle T20 games. Cricket Australia need to put more focus on the sport rather than the cash from T20.

  • on March 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Narine shpuld not even think twice about going to the IPL. HE SHOULD JUST UP AND GO. If Windies want him in England later or for the NZ series, fine. If not, that's their problem

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  • on March 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Narine shpuld not even think twice about going to the IPL. HE SHOULD JUST UP AND GO. If Windies want him in England later or for the NZ series, fine. If not, that's their problem

  • MinusZero on March 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I am happy to see Warners comments. Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport, not the hit and giggle T20 games. Cricket Australia need to put more focus on the sport rather than the cash from T20.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 23, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    WOW! Indeed it is a difficult situation for such a young talent like Sunil Narine. Warner surprised me with his statement about his commitments. These men need to make theird minds up and not complain about anything. Decisions and options have same weight of consequences and we got to live with them whether we like them or not. I remember watching "Fire in the Babylon" when Viv was offered an open check to play in Africa and he rejected it.

  • chad_reid on March 23, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    This guy is a superstar in the making

  • eyballfallenout on March 23, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    i really hope these guys pick test cricket over IPL and i really hope the WICB does the right thing to make that happen. Long live test cricket!

  • eyballfallenout on March 23, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    oh, and also this Sanil Narine is a star..... please keep hime in test cricket. 5 x 5fas and 2 10 fas in 6 games.....

  • Meety on March 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Good to see that quote from Warner, although the decision is tougher in an organisation like the WIndies where central contracts are not as comparatively high as Oz contracts. For an Ozzy cricketer, who could earn anywhere between half a million to a million bucks - the temptaion to earn another million or so in the IPL is not big. However when you are talking maybe $200k v $700k, that's a massive discrepancy, & I would understand a youngster trying (particularly a bowler), to set themselves up for their future. Who's to say Narine is not a flash in the pan?

  • Busie1979 on March 23, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Talk about impressive numbers - this kid looks like he can play! I hope West Indies manage him well and he doesn't end up in a situation like Ajantha Mendis who is the biggest waste of talent on this planet. It looks like the West Indies have a real problem with the IPL as it coincides with the West Indian domestic season. I am not sure what they can do about this? The international calender needs an IPL window, otherwise this problem will arise time and again every time a player without a central contract is picked for a national side. If I was a star cricketer, I'd be hesitant to take a central contract - playing for your country comes at a huge financial cost for a guy like Narine. I'm not sure if it is practical, but West Indies might need to re-schedule their cricket season around the IPL in the future to stop this from happening.

  • jonesy2 on March 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    difficult decision? see that makes me sick and is whats wrong with cricket these days. thank god for great attitudes and players like david warner, who a lot of players could learn from. on another point, australia should have never agreed to play the windies unless all their players were going to be available, waste of time australia coming over and playing weakened windies teams.

  • senthil25 on March 23, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    iam form India.......Narine & Samuels should play for WestIndies First.......Country comes first & then only other things, If U give Import to Money then go and join with Gayle...........becouse he is man is not responding the contry team............Warner is team Man, but you know one thing why warner give important to Test, If he play in IPL, he will get the Money but after that he will not get into Australian Test Squard, So Surving his place in the test squad, He dosenot paly in the IPL this is True........