Narine withdrawn from India tour
MUMBAI, India – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) advised today that Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the touring party for the upcoming series against India.
This came after discussions including Narine, the WICB Selection Panel and the West Indies team management. The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket.
Speaking on the matter, WICB chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd noted: “I am disappointed that our best bowler could suddenly be out of the tour. I am quite disappointed about the procedure that surrounded the ‘calling’ of Sunil in the Champions Trophy tournament. These things have the potential to disrupt the team’s preparation for a critical series against India but we will have to overcome this hurdle.”
Lloyd added: “We would like some clarity from the authorities on what led to the present situation and the details as we move forward. I think there must be a better way of doing the right things.”
Since his international debut in 2011 Narine has emerged as one of the leading bowlers in world cricket. He is ranked Number 2 in the ICC T20 International and One-Day International bowlers’ table.
A replacement player will be named shortly. West Indies will play five One-Day Internationals, three Tests and a T20 International. (PR)
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
Fri 3: vs India A won by 9 wickets at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Sun 5: vs India A at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wed 8: 1st ODI at Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Sat 11: 2nd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Tue 14: 3rd ODI at Reddy Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Fri 17: 4th ODI at HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala
Mon 20:5th ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Wed 22: T20 International at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Sat 25-Mon 27: vs BCCI President’s XI at Green Park, Kanpur
Thu 30-November Mon 3: 1st Test at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad
Fri 7-Tue 11: 2nd Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Sat 15-Wed 19: 3rd Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad