Sunil Narine Misses Out as West Indies Announce World Cup 2019 Team

Published 04/24/2019, 4:30 PM EDT


The West Indies have officially announced their World Cup 2019 squad to head to England. However, a few big names have been left out, like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo. In all honesty, it was surprising to see the spinner left out of the team.

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The 30-year old is eager to return to the international scene inspite of not being part of West Indies’ World Cup plans. On one hand, the move makes sense as Narine has not played an ODI since October 2016. Also, Sunil Narine has been absent from international cricket since a 2017 T20I match.

Sunil Narine would have found a slot in West Indies’ provisional World Cup squad, if injury had not dashed his hopes. Under different circumstances, he would have joined other returnees like Andre Russell and Evin Lewis.

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He understood why the WICB dropped him from the team. Narine reasoned that, while he excelled in T20s, he “wouldn’t be able to do myself or the team justice” in the longer format.

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A few months ago, Narine tore a ligament in his right middle finger, restricting his bowling. Doctors advised Sunil Narine to rest and rehabilitate once the IPL ends and surgery is still an option.

Sunil Narine

“I would have loved to play in the World Cup,” Narine admitted to ESPNcricinfo. “I have missed international cricket and I’ve missed representing West Indies. It’s where my heart lies.

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“But I don’t feel my finger is quite ready for ODI cricket. I can get through a T20 where I bowl just four overs. But even that isn’t easy and I need help from the physio. It’s holding me back from playing international cricket. I wouldn’t be able to do myself or the team justice.”

Narine’s career has been the subject of scrutiny on the legality of his bowling action. So, he has been forced to alter it on several occasions, but he insists that it is not relevant to his current decision.

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