Kieron Pollard, West Indies limited-overs skipper, has stated categorically that Sunil Narine, all-rounder for the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Premier League (IPL), champions, will not be included in the squad of 15 members.
Narine put in a great performance in IPL 2021 Eliminator to beat Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. This was enough to keep his team’s hopes alive for a third IPL title. Narine won four wickets, including those of Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell. He also scored a 26-ball run to help KKR set up a Qualifier 2 match with Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.
Narine has taken 11 wickets in the IPL season’s resumption in UAE and only conceded 6.12 runs per game.
The Qualifier 2 winner will face Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021’s final two days before the start the ICC T20 World Cup, Oman and UAE.
Pollard stated that Narine would not be in the squad based on his performance in IPL.
“That’s been explained. Let me add my two cents, or my words about how his non-inclusion occurred. Then it could be spun — much like how he’s playing on these Sharjah wickets — to all the different directions. Let’s discuss the 15 guys we have at the moment, which is more important. Then we will see if it is possible to rally around these guys in order to defend our title,” Pollard said to espncricinfo late Tuesday.
Narine has been absent from the West Indies team since August 2019, due to a variety of reasons. Most notable is the controversy around his bowling performance. He also missed the cut for T20 World Cup squad after failing to meet Cricket West Indies (CWI) minimum fitness requirements.
Roger Harper, CWI’s chief selection officer, was quoted as saying that Narine is a huge miss for a team such as this in a tournament. A team would be sad to lose a bowler with that level of skill, but… (he). did not meet our fitness standards. “I don’t have any comments. There has been enough said about that. I believe that people have provided reasons for his exclusion at this time. Personally, Sunil Narine is a friend to me before he was an international cricketer. We were both raised together and played cricket together. Pollard added, “He is a world-class Cricketer.”
The West Indian skipper, Andre Russell, spoke out about his fitness. He has not played for KKR in September 26th due to injury.
“Before making any assumptions about what he can do or can’t do I need to assess the team first. We have not had the chance to meet him. We have received reports about what he has done. I would not want to try to tell him what he can and can’t do at the moment.
“Russell (He) is a crucial member of our team and we would love for him to 100%, but we have the responsibility to face what’s ahead. Let’s wait and see what the next few days bring. KKR will play another game tomorrow, and then on Friday if they make it to the final. As a management team, we will be able assess and determine what he can do. However, we look forward to seeing Andre Russell fit if we can.”