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Narine picks IPL over Tests

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May 30, 2014

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Sunil Narine's decision to stay with Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL final on Sunday will result in him not being considered for next month's Test series against New Zealand. Narine had been given a June 1 deadline by the WICB to join the training camp ahead of the Tests that start on June 8.

Most other West Indians in the IPL have been able to meet that deadline, but with Knight Riders making the final, Narine's stay in the IPL has been extended. Narine, though, will be considered for selection for the T20s against New Zealand in July.

Richard Pybus, the WICB director of cricket, said the new "West Indies First" policy required players to make themselves available for team's preparatory camps. "The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times. International cricket, and specifically Test cricket, is priority and requires dedicated preparation which is integral to team success," he said. "The WICB policy requires players to commit to sufficient preparation leading in to a series as part of a culture of excellence."

Without Narine, West Indies will be short of a key bowler who has made his reputation principally in the shorter versions of the game (he is ranked No. 3 in ODIs and No. 2 in T20 Internationals by the ICC), but who has 18 of his 21 Test wickets against New Zealand, in two matches in the Caribbean in 2012 and one in New Zealand last December.

Offspinner Shane Shillingford, returning from his second clearance following suspension for an illegal delivery, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who played the last of his 17 Tests almost three and a half years ago, are the other spinners in the squad.

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Posted by   on (June 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

if it was gayle or sammy it would have made no difference but the guy played his heart out for his IPL team and they don't want hin to play in the final. it does not make any sense.

Posted by Retour on (June 1, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

I don't see why this has been turned into a nation vs. IPL issues. Narine has been playing in IPL since April. He has fought hard, along with his team mates, to reach the final. Do we expect him to ditch his team in the final for a training session where he could join later? It is not like Narine is not training at all! I am sure if more WI players had been playing in the final, WI board would have made an exception. Sad that common sense has not prevailed.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 1, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

@Ncnotorious The so called IPL schedule happened to be published much after the WI schedule. Narine , KKR and IPL should ahve known that. IPL is minuscule compared to WI that produced extraordinary greats!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

wow they are so cruel to sunil. he led his team to a league final and they dont want him to lift the trophy now. seriously? wot difference does it make if he is one day late.

Posted by wapuser on (June 1, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

@A_musafir you are wrong..Narine arrived on the international seen as a result of Trinidad's excellent academy and the champions league (T20) not the WI. WI need Narine not the other way around. The WI's involvement with cricketers sends their careers in decline. Ala Barath, Bishoo, Sarwan the list is endless. What does WI offer its retired players like Lara for example?

Posted by A_musafir on (June 1, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

No matter how big the league is. It cant get bigger than country. Because of country he is making money today.Do not forget WICB give him NOC for IPL otherwise he cant be part of IPL. bottom line is Country comes 1st.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Just imagine Bravo did not ge injured and CSK had to face RCB in the final this WICB ruling would see Bravo and Gayle out with Gayle missing his 100 test (based on current form he should anyway; he is not fully fit)..

Posted by bashajsk618 on (June 1, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

This is really horrible decision by WI management team and a strong decision to Narine, hats-off..1st Test is going to start from June 8th and he is not out of practice now. He can join from first test onwards. Only a practice match will be in progress from June 2nd to June 4th, only thing is he has to get adjusted to the conditions and climates there...

I am strongly with Narine for supporting KKR because it is the team who made him rich and got fame and the talent identified and shown to the external world of his capabilities.

This is a real ridiculous decision by WI Mgmt team. Also, this is not a ODI, it is a test match where in you need your BEST 11 to win the match and NARINE is surely a match winner for spinning pitches in NZ.

Wishing you good luck Narine for today's match and hope your team management will welcome come after realizing the error they made...

KORBO LORBO JEETBO RE..........!!!!!!!!

Posted by YogifromNY on (June 1, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

I had to jump in here and express support for Narine's decision. It is utterly ridiculous for WICB to expect him to desert his team's final to attend a training camp. It's not as if he was going to miss playing in an actual game. Many commenters here have provided cogent reasons why this deadline by WICB was illogical. Agree whole-heartedly with @Clifton Wayne Reid, who commented via FB.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

I would have to agree with the WICB on this matter, Narine is a professional sportsman who has shown us where his loyalties lie. He should have taken a page from Malinga's book and support his home team. I suggest that all of you stop the blame game and fall in line. you are the same ones that will complain and bad muoh him if WI loose.

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