Narine out of World Cup - Ramnarine
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Offspinner Sunil Narine will not be playing for the West Indies team for next month's International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup, according to a tweet from former West Indies Players' Association president, Dinanath Ramnarine.
The social media note, which went viral yesterday, sees Ramnarine, a usually reliable source on West Indies cricket matters, claiming that Narine's withdrawal is based on the Trinidadian's desire to continue to work on his bowling action.
"Okay guys, it's Sunil Narine. He will be out of the WC 2015. I wish Sunil all d best as he continues to work very hard on his bowling issues," said Ramnarine.
"For the record Sunil has not been reported!!," he explained.
Domestic Club Level Ban
Narine, widely regarded as one of the best spinners in the world, was banned at the domestic club level in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament in India for a suspect action last September.
He was subsequently withdrawn from the West Indies team for their tour of India later that month.
Narine last featured for the West Indies in a Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh in the Caribbean in August.
However, with the India tour on the horizon starting in September, Narine opted to stay away from international cricket, preferring to continue work on his bowling action.
News about Narine then resurfaced earlier this month when he was named in the West Indies' 15-man squad for the World Cup, which will be held jointly by Australia and New Zealand.
The 26-year-old then took part in the just-concluded West Indies Cricket Board NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament in Trinidad, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker.
He was also very instrumental in Trinidad and Tobago Red Force claiming the title, picking up six wickets for nine runs from eight overs in the final against Guyana Jaguars.
In 52 one-day international appearances, Narine has taken 73 wickets at an average of 26.49 runs.