West Indies news May 30, 2014

Narine picks IPL over Tests

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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)..

  • 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..........!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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)..

  • 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..........!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hardy1 on May 31, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    There's an incredible number of judgemental comments here that fail to recognize that Narine here is stuck between a rock & a hard place. First comes the pressure from his country & then there's also the pressure of KKR needing him after having paid a large sum of money for him.

    That said, I reckon most people put into his situation would play the final (even the ones who are suggesting that he's in the wrong). Having been one of the key players for his team in a 6 week tournament that's culminated in them reaching the final, he's expected to abandon that & leave his work unfinished?

    That too in the tournament that has made him rich & famous? (yes he's highly ranked in both ODIs & T20Is but let's face it, that stage isn't where his popularity derives from). If the WICB wants to take a hard stance then so be it. Would the NZ cricket board have taken the same stance with McCullum had CSK reached the final?

  • on May 31, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    The West Indies Cricket Board never ceases to amaze...what interest or whose interest is being protected here? What is the point of creating a situation where nobody wins...how difficult is it to find the, thinly veiled, "win win" solution here? And it as nothing to do with Narine's star appeal. Which of these wise-heads in the WICB would walk away from this vital match (for his team and his future earning potential...a mere day in question) to be in a camp? I am prepared to accept requiring him, or anyone in a similar position, leaving the finals to play the test match...but requiring him to leave for a day of camp is just retarded.

  • Ncnotorious on May 31, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    This is nonsense, he misses 3 tests because of being 2 days late? The IPL was given a window, why even have an IPL window if it does not include the final? Do you not expect your West Indian players to do well enough to reach the final? What kind of negative thinking is that. Narine can play all 3 tests, why is it a big deal being 2 days late and missing all three tests. That makes no sense. We need to field the best 11 vs NZ and Narine is part of that BEST 11, end of discussion!

  • Voice.O.Reason on May 31, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Hats off to Sunil Narine for making the right decision. The time to choose between "WICB and IPL" was before he signed up to play for KKR. Having signed, as a professional he needs to finish the job that he started.

    If I engage someone to do some work for me and he accepts the terms, I expect him to finish the job and not abandon it in the middle because a higher priority job came along.

    In any case this is all being over-dramatized. If the WICB thought it fit to extend the reporting date to allow their players to play in the IPL, then they should have taken into account the final also. This is amateurish on their part.

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    I do agree KKR had a great match ,where Sunil Narine will play a major role but International Cricket should be the first preference I think.

  • on May 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Again, the WICB has shown that the are so out of touch with fans and compromise. Yes, we understand the board regulations, but Narine's inclusion would have boosted the attraction of the upcoming series, both locally and internationally.

  • on May 31, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    I state again that the WICB got itself in this mess by making the first extension to a deadline on the same day as the IPL final!!! Either keep the original deadline and disqualify any player who can't make it or extend it beyond the IPL final. But the same day??? Shortsighted beyond measure. It makes the WICB look incompetent that they can't make and keep their own rules. I am not surprised at the poor decision making capacity once again and put Narine in such a difficult place.

  • Robtyson on May 31, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    KKR would have definitely requested Narine to stay as they know without Narine they cannot win. KKR bowling is a one man show. All the remaining bowlers play aorung Narine. Narine is the key. You take out Narine and KKR will be thrashed just like CSK by Kings XI.

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    It would be very foolish to say it is narine's fault to say he choose to stay and play for his team kkR. He went to play for the Ipl from the start whats wrong with reaching the final and playing. considering how the WICB treats their players. What I think is that the just need to plan there international games and IPL games for different times.

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Narine is a PROFESSIONAL cricketer. If the WICB was run professionally they would understand that the current schedule and players involved in a competition which runs outside the ftp cannot be asked to abide by their restrictive practises. Why could he not be include in the squad miss the game that starts while he part-takes in the ipl then join the team later. If the WICB receive a fraction of the players purse they would negotiate a reschedule of the test series. Narine could do with a break or his agent should seek to get jim signed by an English county Surrey could use his skills.

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    The West Indians play in a small financial market. The IPL is an opportunity for them to have economic leverage; the WICB is well aware of this. Therefore, if the WICB can't make a slight accommodation so that their players can play for country and take advantage of the opportunity that the IPL brings to the West Indians then the IPL may not give the West Indians priority when they are bidding for their players. Stupidity prevails by the WICB again ! Two more days would have brought no harm to anyone, and Narine would have been able to meet his commitment to both country and KKR. But that is what the WICB does best --- makes mountains out of molehills.

  • Greatest_Game on May 31, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Franchise T20 cricket will not kill test cricket. However, inflexible policies by administrators who refuse a common sense approach to the realities of the short earnings window of opportunity of professional players, WILL kill test cricket.

    Players careers are limited by age. They must grab what they can, when they can, or it will soon be too late. Boards that FORCE players, by a day or two, to forego a test series or abandon their professional opportunities, will find themselves short of test cricketers!

    It is not all about money NOW. Narine could be injured, & his career over, next week. If KKK win the final, with Narine the bowler that stole the game for his team, his non-playing potential earnings are vastly increased. Which bowling coach is preferable: the pro who stuck with his team & won them a major trophy, or the guy who dumped his team, & the team lost.

    If Narine chose not to play the final, would the WICB compensate him for his future loss of earnings? Of course not!

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    The WICB are behaving like Bullies. The mere idea that he is fit and playing at this high level is a plus. He is in Camp with his Club Knight Riders who are in a Final that would be shown Worldwide. This alone should allow the Board to let good sense Prevai and let him play. Whats one day? Cricket is his Future not necessary Test Cricket. Wise up WICB.

  • on May 31, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    you say Malinga gave up to play for .Mumbai was on their way out.had it been the other way around he would have chosen club. And another thing Sunil Narine was exposed to the IPL because of Trinidad & Tobago playing in the champions league.The WICB never recognized him before.And to not give your strike bowler 2 days to complete a commitment is nonsense. The WICB new when the final was.

  • Starvybz on May 31, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    to all those saying narine is wrong take these facts into consideration they allow west indians top play the ipl and they dont expect them to reach the final and the most famous point of all they rarely select the guy for tests. Whenever a situation arises between the wicb and a west indian player ask any west indian and they will tell you who is wrong and who is right. You will always receive the same answer.

  • InfiniteWhite on May 31, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    If any of these people: Warner, Finch, Marsh, Watson, Smith, Faulkner, Maxwell, Bailey, Johnson, Malinga, de Villiers, Du Plessis, Miller, Steyn, M Morkel, A Morkel, Tahir, Hendricks, Parnell, McCullum, Neesham and Southee got called by their respective board and told that they had to choose between playing for their country or the IPL final, somehow I know what they would choose.

  • mensan on May 31, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    IPL should not have any kind of window. WI should play their season in April-May as they were used to. Why are they delaying their international series for IPL?

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    All of you , try to understand that if Narine had got a chance , he would have played both - the test match and the IPL. But since the West Indies Board forced him to make a choice , he chose IPL over country and its completely fair since his club needs him more than his country. Moreover the Board laid down some rubbish policy's and ruled him out of the whole series instead of only one test match

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    irst n foremost to give the priority to the country should be ideal for sportsmen.Narine should gives priority to his board. He is there becauseof his board. Board shouldn't consider his as long-term match because he can play vital role in shorter version.

  • Insightful2013 on May 31, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Given the Windies lack of loyalty and frequent bias, Narine has made the best choice. This is his livelihood and he needs to act in the best interest of his family. WICB choices are frequently illogical and motivated by subjectivity. Narine knows this and if Lara, Gayle and Co. were treated poorly, why wouldn't he in the near future? Most test teams would have included him already, only the WICB with their skewed logic, would find a way for exclusion. He's been paid by KKR and his choice, if he absconded, would remain a factor clouding his future. I cannot imagine a single player being loyal to the WICB, same for the ECB, I expect. People remember how they and others were treated and choose accordingly. I suspect Narine's choice is a clear reflection of where his loyalty lies and I applaud him for choosing the environment that is more conducive to him and his family's future. Since the days of Kallicharan and Co, the WICB have demonstrated their ignorance and poor objectiveness!

  • on May 31, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    FeelinG really SaD :( That test cricket is not the priority of modern players. Players grow up dreaming to play test cricket for their country. Narine will never be in IPL to make money if WICB has'nt introduce him at international level. So Sad domestic competitions are more important due to money than country representation. INDIA never support their players to play other domestic leagues even when their domestic or international seasons are going on. So why you people from expect that he should play this final. To prepare for Test cricket i thing you need practice hard and long spells not 4 overs spell match. So WICB had made it clear to choose test cricket you have to ready and practice with your team. you can't left single individual play other cricket as your entire team is getting reading for practice session.

  • bford1921 on May 31, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Just seems odd always round. I don't like players choosing money over representing their country but he has been allowed to play the whole tournament and when his side reach the final he is supposed to pack his bags and miss the game for prep, not even a formal match. What was Narine supposed to do? I would expect that if he was playing for anybody through to the final you should stay to see it through, he is part of a team, you don't let your team down. Will team spirit in the WI team now be affected by this. Short sighted and immature.

  • steve48 on May 31, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    More genius by the WICB! Was it a secret when the IPL final was? Why are they trying to make a point they cannot win, given their financial resources? IPL is here to stay, and the players from most countries cannot afford to turn it down, so please, cricket boards, accept reality and schedule tests accordingly. Malinga probably wants one last crack at 50 World Cup, otherwise he would likely have stayed at Mumbai, rather than wearing 3 sweaters in Durham! Stop making players choose money or country.

  • on May 31, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I think he should lear5n from malinga because malinga left the club to join his country

  • stormy16 on May 31, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    This is not a Narine issue or a country V IPL issue, this is an administration bungle by the WICB. They knew when the final was and they also knew all of the WI team are involved in the IPL and there is a fair chance one of them being involved in the final. So what is so hard about giving them the opportunity to play in the final and play the test. How can you play the whole series for your franchise and then walk away from the final? After all there is a second test or third but how many finals do you get a shot at? I am afraid we lay the blame where it belongs and that's with the WICB and not Narine.

  • Sudhir65 on May 31, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    What are the "Opportunity Costs" involved in Sunil's decision? How much more he gains by staying with KKR? It is really hard to blame him because any individual would first want to secure his financial future. If you do not have food and a house, you can not help your country in the first place.

    I think IPL provides cricketers, usually a very low paying sport, an opportunity to make a decent living. Anyone remember a near rebellion by English cricketers asking ECB to shorten the season so that they are eligible to play in IPL?

  • Sudhir65 on May 31, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    This is setting a very bad precedent. IPL should intervene and ask Mr. Narine to leave to play for his nation.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on May 31, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Wrong!! A respect has gone down with Sunil Narine in my mind... International cricket must be 1st priority!!!! He did wrong...:-( Hope Maxwell, sehwag, & co. smash him all over the park on 1st june.

  • on May 31, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    First n foremost to give the priority to the country should be ideal for sportsmen.Narine should gives priority to his board. He is there becauseof his board. Board shouldn't consider his as long-term match because he can play vital role in shorter version.

  • indiancricketfan12 on May 31, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    And how a player can trust WICB at the moment, as they have shown little affinity towards their own players in the past.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Is it Narine picking IPL over tests? Or is it WICB picking Policy over an individual.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Last year Ranji Trophy matches were held while India was playing test matches. It bothered me a lot that players chose test matches over Ranji Trophy - the most prestigious domestic tournament. It bothered me even more as the BCCI scheduled these overlaps. Now it is alright to make another country player skip his test series (he is banned for whole series) to play for something that does not have same level recognition as Ranji Trophy.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Its an ill logical desion by WICB...considering he would have joined the test preparation camp after 1 day only.... they are creating unhealthy environment in team....

  • baghels.a on May 31, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I also want to shatter the myth cricketers play for there countries only for glory and not for money , if that was the case we would not be seeing all these contractual disputes between players associations and there respective boards... in any case cricketers from India,England,Australia,Pakistan,SL,WI are all contracted players and some of these are very lucrative if you come from the big 3 countries.if you want to highlight the glory thing then better cite the examples of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo who get annual wages 10 times higher than highest paid IPL cricketer and whose transfer sums are 50 times higher than highest bid sum in IPL ...now when these footballers turn up for there countries they play for absolutely free !!! To all those saying how would you Indian fans react if MSD or Kohli would have been in a similar position , my reply to that is that BCCI,Indian fans,sponsors make sure that our Indian cricketers are so well paid and loved that they don't have to leave India.

  • baghels.a on May 31, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    It is not that Narine never wanted to play the first test , it is that he will be unable to attend the first two days of preparatory camp ,Secondly to put things in perspective IPL only goes for 50 days but international series like WI vs NZ keep happening for rest of 10 months, some of it is overkill and more than half meaningless........ there is hardly anyone watching in stadiums and no good Ratings on TV ...okay if this was an Ashes where test cricket is valued and is the pinnacle for those watching it or any series involving India or even Pakistan where fans fill the stadium and TV ratings are high i would have understood but majority of people in New Zealand follow Rugby and even football leagues like EPL have edged ahead of cricket in popularity while ironically in WI IPL and especially CPL are reviving interest in cricket ....to be contd..

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    This will be the last year you hear anything of Sunil Narine. After this his fame will be down as WI will not select him for any matches. KKR as any business house would will dump him. Enjoy your money as long it lasts Sunil.... because fame will never come your way.

  • cricket0580 on May 31, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    This is penalizing Narine for exceptional performance. WI is the one who will benefit from Narine playing the IPL final. He will be honing his bowling skills against the best and brutal batting attack and at the same time he will be gaining confidence that will be vital to play against England and in the world cup.

    The policy should make amends for top performers and turning up 1 day late is not going to turn WI cricketing fortunes. In this day and age the incentive has to be performance based and not one size fits all approach that WICB has taken.

  • Niju_001 on May 31, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Cannot blame Narine picking IPL over NZ tests. Cannot be said as greed and money the only factor for choosing IPL. A final of the tournament where 8 teams participated played 14 round league games with Narine being the strike bowler of the team he has no other choice but to stay with KKR. He has to finish his job enthrusted on him. Moreover he is not a sureshot for a test starting XI for the Windies. His short term record is better than his long term games. So, nothing wrong with his decision of staying for the IPL final.

  • rebel652 on May 31, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    International cricketing boards also should consider the amount of fame IPL carries. At the end of the day its only about cricket (I do support the fact that National duty should be given utmost priority) but at the same time, its just that the national board too should consider the requirements of the players today, which is MONEY AND FAME and league like IPL is perfect for both. The tour begins from 8th. The training coincides with the date of finals from 1st June, 2014. Players like Sunil Narine can go on to make a difference to the national team. The WICB SHOULD HAVE RELAXED THE THIS CONDITION FOR SUNIL NARINE, the adamant behavior just to portray their superiority over the IPL Regulation Board by making NARINE take a difficult call before the very important final match is clearly reflected in the action. People may argue of the relaxation a player needs, but i strongly feel its the urge that makes a sportsman BIGGER than the rest. the zeal to play can make a lot of difference CIAO

  • eng_mdkhan on May 31, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I checked Sunil's stats to make sure but then how much can you deduce from 6 matches only? This stat alone took me by surprise, how come this guy is not playing more tests. Another stat to look at is his economy rate which @ 3.09 is lowest across all formats so probably the batsman play him out and he ends up not getting many wickets. He is most likely to take wickets when the batsman are looking to score runs off him and it is in this situation that the captain should utilize Sunil to reap maximum benefit which they are not doing so far. Another point is that in such cases the boards should be a little cooperative since its a title match and surely the player would like to try his best to give his franchise chance to win the cup. Especially after all the hard work, I think he made the right choice while WICB did not. What makes WICB decision even more ludicrous is the fact that a week's preparation will not make much of difference to a gifted player like Sunil.

  • ThinkingCricket on May 31, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Seriously people, Kohli and Dhoni ARE skipping international duty to relax after IPL. The reality is, it is bigger than most international series.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 31, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Enjoy your money Narine, your test status can best be described as "unclear". Once this current trend of kiddie cricket has long been forgotten, test cricket will still be there...and so will the legends whose names yours will likely never be mentioned with.

  • SanjivAwesome on May 31, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    KKR weren't expected to make it to the finals! Although I understand Sunil's desire to complete the job for KKR, I feel for the WI board. They should stick to their decision - Narine can play in the 1-dayer and 20 20.

  • kiriket003 on May 31, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    This is really unacceptable.How can a player,especially a centrally contracted be given an option to even choose a club over his country.More importantly what does it say about the patriotism of that player when he chooses a club over his own country.Looks like sunil has no intention of playing test matches.Based on his record so far I doubt West indies will miss him much in test but an ugly precedent has been set. When WICB refused to extend deadline he should have returned.. PERIOD..

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Sad..For all those who favor this, Imagine this was V. Kohli playing for a franchise team like big bash or Twenty20cup(england domestic).... Should he choose Country or franchise ?

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Immatured decision by the west Indian Board.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    narine must give preference to wicb

  • esmail_97 on May 31, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    As good as he is in T20s and ODIs, Sunil Narine is not the most valuable player for West Indies in Tests as yet. With an average of over 40 and a strike rate touching 80 he may not even made the starting 11. It should also be noted that the players were told in advance about the final dates for arriving in the Caribbean and that the WICB extended the deadline till June 1st specifically for the players taking part in the IPL. One week is already very less time to prepare for a Test series so I don't think the WICB should be blamed here as Narine was given a clear choice to choose between his country or the IPL. I don't agree with the comments here that the WICB should have extended the deadline by a couple of days. The fitness level required for a T20 and a test is very different and Narine hasn't exactly proved his case in Test Cricket to deserve special treatment. This would have been a great opportunity for Sunil but financial incentive was enough for him to overlook his duties.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Poor decision by WICB for not allowing one extra day.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Like this situation, last year Malinga retire from Test Cricket, and now Narine choose IPL over the country, the trend will continue the years to come, money is the priority for them, this cannot be avoided.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on May 31, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    WI Board should be understanding the situation. In IPL Owners put huge money and after hardwork of more than a month team gets into the Final. He is not missing Test Match Deadline its just training. WI board should accommodate him to play Final and than come back for Tests Both the parties would be Happy. WI Board should be flexible in such situation. It FINAL MAN ITS FINAL It never easy to get into final its just a matter of One Big Game no emotions of country should apply here he is not missing test match,

  • m0se on May 31, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Final of an IPL with an audience of billions and salaries of millions; or a meaningless test that no one will remember in three months time played to a near empty stadium and a match fee that is less than what he earns per ball in the IPL? Tough choice that.

  • USAMAAJMAL678 on May 31, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    lol...all the indians coming to his defense here...i would have loved to see their reaction if any indian player like kholi,sharma or ashwin had preferred to play in a foreign league rather than reporting for indian test playing side....

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    distressing ...country must be put before franchise.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    The high handed behavior of the WI Board is also a reason for this. They could have been more accommodating and allowed Narine to join the camp after a couple of days of the final. What would he have done at the preparatory camp? Practiced for the test, right. He was anyways getting valuable match practice, against international calibre players at IPL anyway. He could have landed a couple of days late than the other players, joined the camp and yet got ready for the test.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    This situation has also arisen because of the high handed behavior of the WI Board officials. What would have Narine done in the preparatory camp, except go through the motions. He is getting valuable match practice at IPL. He could have straight away landed a couple of days before the test, well prepared and played. Moreover, it was not as if a dozen WI players were involved in IPL. It was only one and they could have been more accommodating.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    It is not a question of country over franchise. When a player plays he becomes a part of a team, a family. When his team wins, be it his country or his franchise, he gets the exact same amount of satisfaction. So it's not easy for a player to just leave a team on verge of winning a tournament just to join a training camp a week before a test series, especially when the said player is not even a specialist test bowler. Also I think we should respect Narine's decision, everyone has freedom of making his own choices.

  • wirus on May 31, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The dilemma that Narine faced was a serious one. The IPL provides the bulk of his considerable income and as someone mentioned he was probably given a substantial "gift" for staying for the final. However in the end it is WI cricket that loses out. It sends a signal that in the mind of this player when it really comes down to it, his IPL franchise matters more to him. While it is easy to say that WI admin could have given him an extra day or 2 after already extending the deadline, the truth is that they have to develop a core of players who so love WI cricket that nothing on earth bar family emergencies would stop them from playing. Limited though he was as a test player that is the spirit that Sammy brought to the team and the board need to ensure that from now on every player eats, breaths and bleeds WI cricket. That's how it is for any team that wins consistently. Narine may be missed as a bowling option but WI need to move on without him in this series. Time to put WI 1st!!

  • real26_03 on May 31, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Shameful! Although I am a KKR fan but still I cant agree with this. International Cricket should be the number one priority!

  • ramz_01 on May 31, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    contry 1st vs money 1st, who ever ur, how talented ur it doesnt matter if u didnt rep. ur contry u cnt get such a IPL contract simple as dat.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Wrong headline. It's for headlines like this that people react strongly against a player's choice. Look at the context. It's not "Tests v/s IPL". It's definitely not that. Here's the finale of a campaign of which Narine is an integral part. A player may have to choose country, but his place in tests is also on fringes. He will have to value his commitments to win something for his team - regardless of which team and which tournament it is - and that happened to be IPL. And of course, millions would be watching it, as against a remote possibility of being inducted in the test based on the IPL form. Let's be reasonable.

  • xylo on May 31, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    It wasn't like Narine was going to be picked in the Test squad anyway, given his record in Tests. KKR, on the other hand, rely upon Narine a lot to rein in KXIP's rampaging batsmen.

    Among the other options, isn't Badree's name worth mentioning?

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    bad decision...... you should play for country first

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    People have been saying that International Cricket is first. But spare a thought for narine. He has played quality cricket and has helped his team to reach the final. Now, it will be very difficult for him to leave the final. Its not about the money. Its about the passion.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    I dont think Narine can be blamed here - KKR have probably promised him a fair pot of cash in return for playing jn the final. Plus, Im not sure whether he would be assured a place in the west indies test team, it's possible they're just trying to make a statement. We forget that most cricketers aren't paid as well as say footballers, but their international careers are still only 10-15 years if lucky, and can be cut short by injury, a dip in form or just someone better taking their place. So someone like Narine would understandably favour the IPL - hell probably be getting some lucrative endorsements on the back of it also. IMO, test cricket loses out when the WI plays games like these. They cant bargain with these players - they need to accommodate them.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @SpaMaster That is because WI schedule was published well before IPL schedule and over and aove WI board has been magnanimous in extending the deadline from May 20th to May 30th.

    I would say WI should go on to produce Marshals, Garners, Roberts, Holding kind of bowlers and Lara, Lloyd, Sobers kind of cricketers and beat the daylights out of Indian team. Actually with kind of importance being given to IPL, it wont be long before even teams like Zimbabwe, Bangla Desh and Canada winning against India.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Guys come on now!! It is WICB's fault in the first place. The first test is from 8th june and Narine was to come to WI on 3rd june which is 5 days before the match. 5 days guys. If he missed the first 2 days then there would not have been such a huge change in the already declining West Indies team. WICB has always had problems with players and vice versa. Chris Gayle, Narine, Sarwan and Chanderpaul have been troubled by the WICB. Its WICB's irrational thinking. I think Narine did a perfect job to teach them a lesson cuz he is a vital cog in the wheel. IPL should not come in between here. Its all about Narine and the WICB.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    This is also an opportunity for KKR by influencing Narine to pick WI instead of IPL. It will make KKR instant heroes even if they lose. What IPL lacks at present is a "Good Citizen" image. They are considered as business monsters and what better opportunity than this to change that! KKR be the first to build that public image . AND YOU WILL GET THE BEST FAIR PLAY AWARD IMAGINABLE!!!

  • SpaMaster on May 31, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Why can't West Indies give one extra day allowance to Narine? The West Indies board has a friendly relation with the Indian board. Lot of these boards adjust their calendar to accommodate IPL. Why not show some flexibility? Narine is not automatic selection in the Test playing XI as much as he may claim that the batsmen are not able to read him inT20s (he should first prove himself in Tests before thinking too much of himself as a Wizard of Cricket). So in that sense he is justified in not joining the Test squad for camp when he was not going to play the Test match anyway and focus on the T20.

  • flickspin on May 31, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    soccer used to have this problem

    cricket needs to do what soccer do and have the cricket calendar free whilst ipl is on.

    as a big fan of narine's bowling, i can not understand his choice to play no meaning 20/20 instead of meaningful test.

    the west indies have not had thier strongest 11 on the field in 5-10 years, thier is 1 drama after another.

    i would like to compare west indies test wages with australian test wages, i could never see an australian refusing to play test

    the west indies need some-one like rod marsh to sought things out,

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @Kaushik Pal What you say is laughable! Don't go around saying things without knowing enough about Cricket and stats. KP debuted along with Flintoff in test cricket and T20 way back in 2005 against Australia , it is NOT IPL that made England recognize him.

    Likewise Warner debuted in T20 for Australia before the 1st IPL event.

    I am not saying IPL should not bring in new talent. In fact that was the agenda of IPL when started. Discover new talent - those from small towns and villages of India and give them a stage to express themselves so that they can one day shine and dole India honors.

    However that is all forgotten by IPL. Its business as usual and money is paramount over anything else!

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Bad decision by Sunil Narine. He overlooked his country ahead of IPL......... Wrong, West Indies give him identity, they give give him a lot, this was the time of payback his country. But Narine did not. Hope, Maxwell and Sehwag will throw all his balls out of the park.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on May 31, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    hope narine is smashed all over the park by sehwag,maxwell & co. and KKR lose the final. That would be a perfect lesson for Narine

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on May 31, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    pathetic is the only word to describe this decision .... narine should not be considered even for the remaining test matches as a penalty

  • german1 on May 31, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    What a shame. I understand that these players have to earn a living but they forgot that WI cricket enabled them to be discovered in the first place. Without representing WI he would not have been know anywhere. User.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I think its not narine fault becuz ipl have been also paid a lot of money and its his career what he thinks must be correct for him and he is a good bwoler ipl have been reserved him i think its better for him to play the final we will be really happy to watch his bwoling on the live stream in youtube.

  • kiwicricketnut on May 31, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    nz batsmen havn't got a clue how to play narine, this effectively boosts nz chances of winning this series so much i actually think we will win it now, thanks narine you have just made the black caps lives so much easier so much pressure has just been lifted off our batsmens shoulders.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    As a audience, people prefer T20 than test matches. I completely accept on that. But it is very much suprising that narine has opted for T20 leaving his own country test match. please dont support these kind of activities. will it not hurt more for us(indians) if Dhoni is not going to play a match for india and if he goes for england to play some county cricket(if he is paid more there). i am sure dhoni will never take those decisions(even if they are ready to pay what more). The same for other cricket legends also tendulkar, dravid etc.

    The legends earned money by playing good cricket, not that they play good cricket only in the place where they earn.

    only two teams i remember were unbeatables (westindies in 70 's and australia in somewhere around 98's). As a fellow westindian narine should work for his team and ensure they are taken back to that position. consider the ranking of WI now even though they have all quality players in the team.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @Abhishek Patti Actually it is alright to make this public. If he falls in the eyes of fellow players and countryman, so be it. Players like Marine should be shamed for what he has done. He has known well in advance about this and he deserves to take all the blame. For all you know he might be booed in all the !matches he plays in West Indies. I would!

  • arnav2012 on May 31, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    More than 80% of the people here who are saying country should be given top priority over the personal benefits that Sunil is getting by choosing IPL, should think if they are doing the same for their country.... I am sure, these 80% of people not supporting Sunil are not leaving their private firm jobs and working for your own country govt to server the nation .. then how can you ask that guy to do that? Second, policies are made to improve any situation, but in this case it's complicating the situation of Sunil, so it's WICB who should think for the benefit of their player and their team. If they really think that the tests are that important for them, they should compensate and convince Sunil to play for them instead of IPL rather than giving him a deadline to decide.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    You cannot fault Sunil Naraine to stay with KKR instead of getting back to the West Indies. Afterall,he is not a certainity for test matches while he is an asset in a T20 game. More over, KKR has paid a lot of money , much more than what West Indies can pay in a whole season . Professionals should be respected for their effort to have a secure future after cricket and IPL does provide them with that oppurtunity .His decision should be mistaken for chosing IPL over his country .

  • b4u8me2 on May 31, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I could have understood the WICB's stance if the first test match was scheduled to begin on June 1. Then and only then would I agree that Narine chose KKR over WI. I am assuming the WICB want Narine back in camp to prepare and get match ready. I am also sure Narine's preparation for the IPL final is more intense than the WI preparation plus he will be playing in a very high pressured match. What better match preparation can Narine get than that. This is not Narine choosing KKR over WI. This is Narine making a decision that is base on common sense. It is the WICB who has chosen inflexibility over Narine. Narine is still available for the first test match. It is the WICB who has opted to consider him ineligible for selection.

  • Survivor4you on May 31, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Narine decision to play in IPL final is most welcome decision as his Franchisee badly needs him, his inclusion is vital for Title. Prize money, confidence, respect and honor included in playing in IPL. He will join his team with high confidence of highest wicket taker in IPL against world best bastmen, he has already claimed the wicket of Virat Kohli twice in this series.

  • nathdanny on May 31, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    WICB should make an example out of him and never make him eligible for test cricket again.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    @Montyjoe Does not matter if Sunil Narine played IPL before tests. He played for West Indies in some format or the other before he played IPL. His primary allegiance should be WI. Unless he takes up citizenship of another country his prime responsibility should be for his country.

    I repeat what I said earlier - A soldier cannot refuse going to battlefront (Test or any Country Cricket) because he his helping local police in directing traffic (IPL).

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Once the teams figure his bowling out like what happen with Mendis, Narine would not been as valuable as he his now..They should understand that and put country first .West Indies board should also have thought about making this decision public rather than keeping it internal. Now everyone pointing fingers at narine and in turn they won't be respect for him when he his back

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    I would have loved to see Narine play in WI/NZ test. I must be the only one ... WI Board wants to show who is boss. Why not make a concession for him and for me.

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    He is not sucessful even in One day Internationals then where is the question in Test matches. He is better for T20 matches .He doesn't have the ability to get the batsmen out,only succeded in making them frustrated in T20s. So let him play in T20s.An another Chris Gayle or Kevin Pieterson in the making ?

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Open Note to WI Board and ICC:

    Players come and go, While there are greats like Sobers, Dravid, Bradman, Ian Chappel , Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ian Botham to name a few nothing is above the game and primary country / team they represent. It is time to set an example in case of Sunil Narine. You cannot get a better opportunity. It is not as if Sunil Narine did not kow the country's needs before. So did IPL organizers. If anything ICC should have twisted IPL organizers to reschedule based on various international events. While Sunil Narine is good - he is no Lance Gibbs or Andy Roberts. If this is NOT attacked in the bud, the virus will spread. After all ICC controls the entire cricket in the world.

    Any demands by country (pre scheduled or otherwise) should come first. Any violaton should attract mimimum 5 year ban if not likfe. The ban should extend to all cricket events - Dometic and International which shall include IPL, Big Bash, BPL, etc.

  • Kulaputra on May 31, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    WICB should be more reasonable. KKR Franchise has doled out a lot of money much more than WICB is capable of and would be loathe to see their star 4 overs disappear. WICB is very aware of this and if they are not, they should be smoking something else. In a 10 to 15 year career, why would SN not want to make the maximum he can get ? Country over money - It is Sunil Narine, a young man from a reasonably poor country, not M K Gandhi who wanted to liberate India here.

    WICB should recognise importance of IPL, monetary benefits to players that it can not provide and hence behave in a more befitting manner. June 3 instead of June 1st may be a small compromise for one player.

    Face it Cricket boards - IPL is here to stay whether you like it or not. The best thing is to embrace it, work around it and block the calendar for this event for other international cricket

  • Montyjoe on May 31, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Sunil Narine made the right decision.How could he possibly abandon KKR when they need him the most, would that be professional, would that be a wise business decision? The WICB need to be realistic and wise in their decision making. Players also have to eat, live well and pay bills. The retainer contract offered by the board is US$120.000, Narine's first contract with KKR was US $750.000. By the way, before Narine ever played a test match he played for KKR. Get the facts right.

  • xtrafalgarx on May 31, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Disgraceful. He will never be a great player.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    The sad thing in all this is it is the West Indies country that nurtured and brought Sunil Narine to this world. It is Test and any form of representation for country that will hold him in long stead in the eyes of the people. KKR definitely want him for purely selfish club reasons but tomorrow would not hesitate to ditch him for less expensive player. Narine should realize that. His country will (if he is loyal) would always stand by him.

    I remember Bishen Bedi being banned for disciplinary grounds several years ago. Several of the top players have gone through similar actions including Kapil Dev. Sunil Narine should realize he is too small a player compared to them and can be ruining his career.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @sameeullah Sunil Narine is NOT getting cricket practice in IPL but Entertainment practice. His cricket is not getting any better!

  • British_North_America on May 31, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    That's the most sensible and accurate decision.

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Would be funny if he lost his place altogether because someone comes in and does extremely well. Then again, probably won't happen.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    However harsh this may sound, it would be poetic justice if the Bangalore final is washed out due to rain and toss determines the winner. At the same time Sunil Narine should be banned from playing any international, domestic cricket for foreseeable future.

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    this is not good from WICB's point of view because narine was a reason for kkr now in final. if there is a win or loss no problem but he should play.

  • Rahul17_1983 on May 31, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Very good decision.Those who don't understand IPL will go for boring Tests

  • on May 31, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Narine should have opted for the national team, he became a star player because of playing in national team

  • Army_rangers on May 31, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Now everyone blame ipl and indian cricket for this..its players decision so no one can be blamed for that.But i still feel that narine should have picked longer format over ipl cz he is already successful bowler in t20 but same cannot be said in longer format..

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    he shouldn't be able to get picked for any format in the coming series and be fined. He needs to pick international cricket first or not play at all.

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    I dont like this headline. This was not a decision Narine should have had to make.

    Why couldn't the WICB allow him to simply play this final & come back later?. He would still have enough time to have some preparation before the 1st test.

    I don't see NZ board making a big deal over McCullum missing, NZ current tour match vs Jamaica. And I'm willing to bet that if CSK had made it to IPL final, NZ would have allowed him to play with no issue.

    WICB creating a mountain out of molehill.

  • Kashi0127 on May 31, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Its time to set an example NOW! WI Board should ban Sunil Narine for life or at least for Five years from playing any international cricket. And if this is mooted with ICC help, he would be banned from any cricket ,international or domestic under ICC umbrella and should include future editions of IPL apart from all test matches, ODI, T20 and first class matches.

    Time to show your courage WI Board!

  • Mayaro_Man on May 31, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    As a former fan (as of today), I must say I'm disappointed in him making this decision. Country should always come first. Ronaldo or Messi would not do that (not that Sunil is in that league from a cricketing point of view). I hope he understands that when he fails for KKR, they will let him go, the way they did Gayle and McCullum. He has disappointed many Windies fans today and he will have to bear that tag like those who went with the rebel teams to SA back in the day....I'm not saying IPL is like SA was, just the hurt that some of us will feel because he chose club over country.

  • on May 31, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    WICB should understand the value of IPL. Though It's not an ICC event but it hasore value than ICC T20toirnaments. Even KP and WARNER got selected for the natinal side after performing in IPL. Then why are they doing such thing so that Sunil Narainecan't concentret on final. Is it their own decision or their is another game playing behind the screen? Sunil still holds the PURPLE cap in IPL,which means the best bowler of this year. Hope He does the correct things and WICB should respect that.

  • Roysingh1972 on May 31, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    What a great super star!! Narine is the best Bowler in the West Indies and should be excuse for this game! How can any team make a foolish demand? The man is the star of the ipl and he make the big $$$ and he is in contention for the ipl player of the year, best bowler! I am from West Indies but would rather watch Narine play ipl than test! Go Narine! You are the best!

  • Greatest_Game on May 31, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    WICB have, as the old saying goes, cut off their nose to spite their face! They did not learn their lesson after their prolonged fight with Gayle, & are at it again.

    How to ensure that the demise of WI test cricket continues? Give the players a deadline of June 1 when the final is on ….. June 1. Narine did not "pick IPL over tests," the WICB picked an arbitrary policy date over Narine. That is NOT making test cricket the priority, that is making board policy the priority, & making test cricket suffer the consequences of decisions by administrators out of touch with reality. Such administrators will ruin test cricket as they loudly proclaim to be are saving it!

    Good for Narine. You don't get your team to a final & then abandon them to play a net session. He signed a contract, took the money, & is honoring that contract by not walking out because an administrator wants him to needlessly muck about in the nets.

    The game of cricket is played by cricket players - not by board directors!

  • CricketChat on May 31, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Can't find fault with Narine for his decision. This also provides a chance for another spinner to stake his claim. Whatever happened to the much promising young leg spinner, Bishoo? Thought would have a bright future when he first came on international scene 3 yrs ago. WICB spent considerable resources to hire Pak spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq who conducted spin clinics in WI. Hope Bishoo finds his way back to WI team.

  • on May 31, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Good decision. Since WICB lacks common sense and feels it has the right to bully a player, they can collect their just reward by having a weaker team.

  • khanc on May 31, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    It's the correct decision. If it was the world cup final it would be no issue so why now? He has a bigger responsibility to an ongoing tournament; just because it's a national team at the other end doesnt change anything.

  • drfarnsworth on May 31, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    He'd rather bowl 4 overs than a Test series? Maybe KKR bribed him or something, but this is a sad example of T20's influence on world cricket. Good on WICB for sticking to their promise.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 31, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    bad job by WI board. They could easily extend 3 days to the dead line and still Narine would be able to play first test. he do not need any practice or camp training. he is playing for 2 months in IPL. Come on WI board.

  • Starvybz on May 30, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    y should he come for the tests when u dont even pick him

  • Buckers97 on May 30, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Keep Shillingford in the team. He is probably more dangerous on WI soil than Benn or Narine. Team will have to be; Gayle, Edwards, Da Bravo, Samuels, Shiv, DW Bravo, Ramdin (WK,c), Holder, Shillingford, Ramaul, Roach. Consider Gabriel, Blackwood & Deonarine

  • regofpicton on May 30, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    This is the decision i expected. IPL will be paying Narine's bills for as long as the competition survives (which will be forever if recent matches are anything to go by!!!), or for the next 10 years at any rate. It is not as though he really has a choice between playing for his country vs playing for his franchise. He has a choice between playing a very tough game of cricket vs sitting around preparing to play a maybe not quite so tough game of cricket.

    I don't know much about Windies cricket, but I can easily recognise yet one more case of the world-wide malady administritis. In this case WICB has entered into a commitment to shoot itself in the knew-cap in a couple of days time. Weird stuff. Cricket lovely cricket (and cricket administrators - sad old cricket administrators) are powered, i.e.funded, by the relationship between the fans and the players. Why not just let them get on with it?

  • LillianThomson on May 30, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    April-May has been the West Indies' home cricket season for a century, and the BCCI shows no consideration in scheduling IPL at that time and cannibalising Carribean cricket.

    The WICB has to draw a line in the sand. Its bad enough that it has to start its matches after Easter and loses that holiday weekend's revenue, but for players to turn up in June is beyond disrespectful, it's just disloyal.

    The bottom line is that any foreign cricketer needs a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from his own Board to play IPL.

    Given that BCCI formed the "Big Three" without West Indies, in spite of the West Indies having a far more illustrious cricket history than India, the WICB should simply play hardball.

    Mr Narine should be advised that he will never again be issued with a NOC if he does this, and that he should enjoy the IPL Final as it will therefore become his last ever cricket match outside the West Indies.

  • on May 30, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Anyone saying that Narine is selfish or unpatriotic is a hypocrite and disingenuous.What else could he do? He is the trump card of the KKR bowling and it's the IPL final. Best of luck Sunil. Ignore the jealous naysayers and live your cricketing life to the fullest.Stay Up!

  • on May 30, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    The thing is, when he was not a star performer , then KKR given him the chance to grow as what he is now. So he is just returning the favour.

  • inswing on May 30, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    This is incorrect. He will miss only the first Test, and will be considered, and play in, the remaining Tests.

  • mngc1 on May 30, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Correct decision by Narine. How can WICB insist that a player must abort his place in the final on a world stage when he had a big part to get there plus the Champions League? WICB does not guarantee any place in any game. They threw Simmons in the dog house without explanation for 2 years when he was in form. Yet keep incompetent coaches and management. So he was right to take what is in front of him and to support the KKR who brought him to where he is financially so far. I am on Narine's side.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Intresting development , there is nothing wrong on one hand with making money and financially securing your future , or in this case , kind of fulfilling contractual obligations ; however ,he may have been able to return home to play for the West Indies. The bigger picture here is that Narine and others , hardly play 4 day cricket or make themselves available , had it not been this development , he would have certainly played against New Zealand.But sorry to break the bad news to those that think if it is one of the bigger teams as they call them he or others in similar circumstances would have done the exact same thing.Test cricket is not seen as the ultimate for some like it once did........are we going to continue selecting our players if they don't make themselves available for the equivalent 4 day,50 over or t-20 domestic competitions or even the preparatory camps?. This development, don't be fooled has wider implications for the future.

  • TheMiddleStump on May 30, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    I can't bash the guy for his choice. Its his life and he believes that getting himself EVEN MORE financial secure is very important. As I posted on a previous article, he will get his chance.

    Some believe WI is a country. It is not. It is just a representation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the sport of Cricket. If it was the Champion's League then I would probably tell him to play for his country Trinidad. What pride is there in representing a team (WI) that is suffering as bad the general community it represents, especially when you have way better options out there?

    Its not all about money, but your quality of living depends a whole lot on how much you have and can earn.

    As for Test cricket, people are giving it a lot more ratings than it should be getting because of the fear of the eventually of its extinction. The format was great, provided great long-lasting encounters and has produced the true legends of the game but as the world moves on so should the sport.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    It's a good decision by Narine. A lot of people are saying forget IPL and go represent your country in Test Cricket, but when you worked so hard to make it so far, I would wan't to be there no matter the end result. Of course Test Cricket > IPL but in this situation there will be more tests for Narine, The chance to lift the IPL trophy happens once a year and its not easy either.

  • hashir86 on May 30, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Come on WICB, he is in match practice not enjoying holiday in India, you have to be flexible in this matter, this is a one time scenario. what you would have done if RCB would have been in final? would have dropped chris gayle? it's for chris 100th test jamaica is selected as venue for first test. dont be harsh and allow Narine a 2 day extension, if he plays then surely WI will whitewash NZL

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Seriously Naraine? IPL over test cricket? Respect for test cricket is going down particularly among the youngsters.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Very disappointing from Narine. First Saying he wants to be a Test Player and then backing out :(

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Right decision arguably as he probably realised he wouldnt be picked anyway. He is also probably happy Raina wont be in the final.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Although i am all in favour of putting your country first, an exception could have been easily made for an event such as an IPL final. Considering the fact that Narine is the trumpcard of Kolkata. This inflexibility of the WICB in the name of prioritisation could be detrimental.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    he said that his parents named him as "Sunil" Narine from legendary batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and doesn't want to play test matches, pity.

  • sameeullah on May 30, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    whats wrong with WI management.why they are making player rebels? what if narine don't join team camp? He is getting Match training in IPL. Isn't it best to play real matches instead of training in camp?Common don't lose flexibility Richard. if he wants to play IPL let him play. Utilize him as much as you can.This shouldn't be problem.Please remove this old fashioned management style and let him flourish in his way. Why they put question mark over attitube if one want to play T20?why they almost say one is going to kill test criket if one like to play T20. Everyone has likes and dislikes.As a Admin point of view you should chose player on there like not yours. if they don't like test criket they will not participate with real passion.Simple you don't need to push them

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    narine just sacrifices his international carrier in order to play for a franchise's team...

  • Rational_cricket on May 30, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Narine still needs to prove his worth in the real form of cricket which is TEST cricket...but with IPL n other T-20 formats like big bash league around...it might not happen...it is similar to asking an Indian youth to stay in India and not go off to other foreign lands by leaving ur parents stranded...Everyone knows what is the right thing to do but...money spares no one ...not even NARINE....SRK i know u love KKR ..but please not at the cost of west indian test cricket which needs some serious win under their belt...

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Players prefer money over pride these days !! different days

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Its a shame that players are more interested in playing for franchises than their countries....Sorry narine but couldnt expect this from you

  • saifkhanBD on May 30, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Here we go. This is going to become the norm in future, where more and more players will choose club over country. It's all too sad because some excellent players have retired from Test cricket in recent years just to play these t20 based leagues a bit longer; BBL, IPL, BPL Caribbean league etc. Money talks I guess!! As a test cricket fan, I hope Cricket boards and the ICC finds a way to get the balance right. Cricket will be dead without competitive test cricket.

  • devagupta on May 30, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    thats new generation cricketers. money first. country next.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    I think he has made the right decision. KKR invested a lot of money in him, plus he's the main bowler of the line-up. If KKR made the finals, one of the reasons was because of him. I know that IPL is played just because of money, but players don't leave without money. The people that say Narine's made the wrong decisions, they themeselves would've done that. Without money, no one can leave!

    Besides the 1st Test starts on the 8th, if he arrives there in te 3rd, he has 4 days of preparations. I dunno know, but they could've made an exception...

    (Don't get mad at me! I said it peacefully :))

  • StevieS on May 30, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Well now we know where his priorities lie, I have absolutely no respect for the guy or anyone who puts meaningless domestic competitions above internationals. And who says the IPL isn't ruining test cricket?

  • lebigfella on May 30, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    I have to say I don't really blame Narine BUT I must stress I do not condone it... while he is getting match practice, has a chance to win a medal and can be back in the Caribbean in time for the NZ series he cannot simply ignore the selection stipulations... he is effectively declaring himself unavailable... this is a real shame because I feel he is an exceptional bowler who will eventually flourish in the Test arena. What do the WI Board cannot do is change their selection criteria for one player... there is an important credibility issue here... Having said that will he be missed? Nikita Miller is a phenomenon statistically and must be given a chance in the Test Arena... It could be worse!

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    WI cricket board should give Narine a chance to join the team a little bit later (atleast one or two days feasibility). Because Narine is an important player both for the IPL franchise and also WI. But taking into consideration the starting date of 1st test match Narine should be given chance to play in the ipl final rather than giving him a deadline. If the dates coincide i would rather say country first but, its not the case right here. So WICB should make a clever decision rather than repeating the scene like Gayle's selection previously.

  • gkautish on May 30, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    this is shameful on his behalf ... he should have picked country over mny..

  • aativas on May 30, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Wrong Decision by Narine. Hope it does not cost him dearly!

  • anakin316 on May 30, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    He is already training hard enough for the final, I do not think 1 day difference is a huge deal. I bet even if he just shows up for the test, he will be as deadly as he can be. The WICB is unnecessarily making this a huge deal, do they want to win the series or not is the question they need to ask themselves.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Very Bad Decision by Narine

  • torsha on May 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Well they are making big issue of this really. He was never a test player really. That's a fact for sure!

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Narine is good player no doubt ..but stay for IPL over country is very poor decision .....

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    I'm happy the WICB decided to stick their guns.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Too much is made out of a 'nothing' matter. Narine has done the right thing here. His team is in the finals and he wishes to be a part of it through to the end. The WICB can surely deal with his absence for a few more days. Well done Narine and I hope you remain focused to ensure KKR win the IPL trophy for a second time in their history.

  • KINGH11 on May 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Well i think we can meet that 8th June deadline WICB should consider that and should allow him to join. IPL is not over country but because they worked so hard and should deserve a easy hand.

  • on May 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Right choice. Go KKR Go!!!

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  • on May 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Right choice. Go KKR Go!!!

  • KINGH11 on May 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Well i think we can meet that 8th June deadline WICB should consider that and should allow him to join. IPL is not over country but because they worked so hard and should deserve a easy hand.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Too much is made out of a 'nothing' matter. Narine has done the right thing here. His team is in the finals and he wishes to be a part of it through to the end. The WICB can surely deal with his absence for a few more days. Well done Narine and I hope you remain focused to ensure KKR win the IPL trophy for a second time in their history.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    I'm happy the WICB decided to stick their guns.

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Narine is good player no doubt ..but stay for IPL over country is very poor decision .....

  • torsha on May 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Well they are making big issue of this really. He was never a test player really. That's a fact for sure!

  • on May 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Very Bad Decision by Narine

  • anakin316 on May 30, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    He is already training hard enough for the final, I do not think 1 day difference is a huge deal. I bet even if he just shows up for the test, he will be as deadly as he can be. The WICB is unnecessarily making this a huge deal, do they want to win the series or not is the question they need to ask themselves.

  • aativas on May 30, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Wrong Decision by Narine. Hope it does not cost him dearly!

  • gkautish on May 30, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    this is shameful on his behalf ... he should have picked country over mny..