The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has called to withdraw their offspinner Sunil Narine from their entire tour of India. A WICB spokesperson confirmed to their the withdrawing of Narine has been due to the Champions League T20 banning him from bowling possessing called an action illegal.
The West Indies board sent a press release over this, stating “the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket“. The decision to stand down Narine leaves West Indies without any specialist spinner for the one-dayers against India. Replacement player is yet to be named.
Clive Lloyd, the West Indies chairman of selectors, wasn’t happy with the Champions League T20’s procedure over dealing with suspecious actions. “I am disappointed that our best bowler could suddenly be out of the tour,” he said. “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.“
Their tour begins on October 8 with West Indies playing five ODIs and a T20 against India, before three Tests. Narine’s bowling ban is restricted only to the Champions League and other BCCI-run tournaments like the IPL, but the decision to remove him from the tour means scrutiny on him will now be extended onto international cricket as well.
Narine’s absence will be first felt by his IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, who will be without their best bowler in CLT20 final against Chennai Super Kings. The Knight Riders management was surprised with the umpires’ ruling on Narine, specially with the fact that two days after his faster delivery was reported, his action for several deliveries were later termed as suspect.