WICB withdraws Sunil Narine from India tour

October 04, 2014 03:58 pm | Updated August 30, 2016 01:19 pm IST - New Delhi

West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine delivers a ball during a practice session at the Sabina Park stadium in Kingston on June 27, 2013. West Indies will face Sri Lanka in the first match of a Tri Nation series involving India too. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine delivers a ball during a practice session at the Sabina Park stadium in Kingston on June 27, 2013. West Indies will face Sri Lanka in the first match of a Tri Nation series involving India too. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn Sunil Narine from the upcoming tour of India after the mystery spinner was banned from bowling in the Champions League Twenty20 final due to “illegal” bowling action.

The 26-year-old off-break bowler has been called back after his “illegal” action was reported to organisers of Champions League.

“The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket,” a WICB release stated.

Sources in Narine’s IPL and CLT20 team Kolkata Knight Riders said the spinner left for the West Indies on Friday night.

“He has left for the West Indies. He is stressed and wants to spend time at home with his family before getting down to working on corrective measures as far as his bowling action is concerned,” a KKR source said.

WICB’s chairman of selection committee Clive Lloyd >expressed disappointment with Narine’s removal and the way the matter was dealt with by CLT20 organisers.

“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 said.

The decision to remove Narine leaves West Indies with no specialist spinner for the One-Day series against India. A replacement player will be named shortly.

Since his international debut in 2011, Narine has emerged as one of the leading bowlers in world cricket. He is ranked No. 2 in the ICC T20 International and One-Day International bowlers’ table.

From October 8, West Indies will play 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 has now extended into international cricket as well.

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