West Indies Withdraw Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the West Indies tour of India
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Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the West Indies touring party in India two days after he was banned from bowling for being called twice during the Champions League T20.

Narine was first reported for bowling with a suspected illegal action during the group stages and then reported again when Kolkata Knight Riders beat Hobart Hurricanes to reach the final.

Under the tournament rules, his second report led to him being banned from bowling in the final as well as any other events under the jurisdiction of the Indian board (BCCI) and he will now head to Chennai to have his action assessed.

Ahead of a tour of India that begins with a One-Day International in Kochi on 8th October, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have withdrawn the spinner from their squad.

He will be replaced in the limited overs touring party and be given a chance to have his action assessed and work out a timeframe for a return to cricket.

"I am quite disappointed about the procedure that surrounded the ‘calling’ of Sunil in the Champions Trophy (sic) tournament," WICB Chairman of Selectors Clive Lloyd said.

"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."
 
Narine has played six Tests, 52 ODIs and 32 Twenty20 Internationals and helped Kolkata win two Indian Premier League titles - in 2012 and 2014.

His mix of slow deliveries were also a key component in the West Indies' success at the ICC World Twenty20 2012, taking three for nine in the final against Sri Lanka.

Now, however, his career appears to be on hold, at least for a short while, and he joins spinners Sachithra Senanayake, Kane Williamson and Saeed Ajmal on the sidelines.

The International Cricket Council crackdown on suspected illegal actions has seen those three players banned from bowling as well as Sohag Gazi and Prosper Utseya reported in recent months as well as Bangladesh quick bowler Al-Amin Hossain.

Lloyd added: "We would like some clarity from the authorities on what led to the present situation and the details as we move forward. I think there must be a better way of doing the right things."

The West Indies play five ODIs, a Twenty20 International and three Tests in India in October and November.

West Indies ODI squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor

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