Board willing to work with Narine
PORT OF SPAIN – The West Indies Cricket Board will be working with spinner Sunil Narine to ensure the 26-year-old makes a speedy return to the international arena following his Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) ban.
But for now the “mystery man” says he is on a break and he is not going to let the situation get him down.
The Kolkata Knight Riders player Narine was suspended from bowling in CLT20 due to a suspected “illegal” bowling action and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) subsequently withdrew the mystery spinner from their side for the tour of India which started on Wednesday with the first One-day International.
“The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket,” the WICB said.
So far no “plan” has been outlined by Narine or the WICB, however WICB CEO Michael Muirhead said: “We are hoping it won’t be a protracted thing and we are working with him to have that process take place.”
When contacted at home in Trinidad on Tuesday, Narine preferred to make no statement about the CLT20 ban and his withdrawal from the West Indies squad saying: “I have no comment on that.” Asked if the situation was getting to him in any way, Narine said: “No, I’m good”.
Muirhead even explained that “He (Narine) has volunteered and wants to go and get tested and do rehabilitation if necessary. It was a joint decision with both Sunil and the WICB in terms of what would be in the best interest of the team.”
Asked Tuesday if the WICB had made any arrangement for him to get his action tested or to do any remedial work, Narine said: “I have no comment on any of the situation(s) relating to (what happened during) the Champions League (Twenty20).”
Asked whether he was planning to resume training with the Trinidad and Tobago team or if he is was planning taking a break, Narine said: “More or less, I am on a break”.
Questioned about his interim plans, Narine said he did not have any as yet and asked when he was planning to resume training, he said “I have no idea as yet”. (Trinidad Express)