Narine had indicated by the 24 May deadline that he will join the squad on 1 June as required
Off spinner Sunil Narine has advised the West Indies Cricket Board that he has opted to remain in India to participate in the final of the Indian Premier League and consequently will not join the West Indies Training Camp in preparation for the Test Series against New Zealand by June 1st as is required by the WICB.
Narine had been in discussion with the WICB and was required to advise the Board by 24 May whether he will join the squad currently in training in Barbados on 1 June.
- Narine had indicated by the 24 May deadline that he will join the squad on 1 June as required.
- Narine subsequently advised the WICB on 28 May that he would not be able to meet the 1 June requirement.
Narine’s decision not to join the camp by 1 June will result in him not being considered for selection to the West Indies squad for the Tests Series v New Zealand (8 to 30 June). Narine will be considered for selection to the squad for the two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand on 5 and 6 July in Dominica.
WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus explained that the guiding principle of the Windies First Policy which was recently approved by the Board of Directors requires players to make themselves available for team preparations.
“The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times. 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,” Pybus said.
The WICB appreciates the discussion with Narine and his representative on his availability to West Indies cricket.
FULL TRAINING SQUAD
Denesh Ramdin (captain)