Narine To Miss New Zealand Tests

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine will miss the three-match Test series against New Zealand
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Sunil Narine will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2014 final and will not be considered for selection for the West Indies Test series against New Zealand.

Spinner Narine, a key player for the Knight Riders, has informed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that he will not be joining up with his team-mates on 1st June, instead playing against the Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore.

He had previously said he would be heading to Barbados ahead of the three-Test series that begins in Jamaica on 8th June.

The WICB have confirmed that his decision means he will not be available for selection for the entire Test series.

However, he will be considered for the two Twenty20 Internationals on 5th and 6th July.

"The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times," WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus explained.

"International cricket, and specifically Test cricket, is priority and requires dedicated preparation which is integral to team success.

"The WICB policy requires players to commit to sufficient preparation leading in to a series as part of a culture of excellence,"

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and off-spinner Shane Shillingford are the other two slow bowlers in the West Indies' training camp.

West Indies Test training squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor