West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine is “not ready to international cricket” and that is the reason why he wasn’t selected for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka, lead selector Roger Harper has clarified.
The two-time World T20 Champions recently announced their squad for the five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka on home soil and while the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Fiedel Edwards found a place in the team, Sunil Narine’s absence came as a surprise for the fans.
But Harper clarified that Narine is still fine-tuning his game and getting himself ready for the rigors of international cricket.
“Sunil Narine had indicated earlier that he is not ready to return to international cricket. He’s still fine-tuning his game and getting himself ready. From that perspective, he wasn’t considered for this series.” said Roger Harper as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
Sunil Narine recently featured in the Super-50 Cup for Trinidad & Tobago but he has not played for the West Indies in any form of the game since August 2019.
The off-spinner was placed on the warning list for illegal action during the 13th season of the Indian Premier League but since then he has been cleared to bowl.
In the absence of Narine, the Roger Harper-led selection committee has picked the likes of Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, and Fabian Allen as spin-bowling options for Sri Lanka T20Is.
The five-match T20I series between hosts West Indies and Sri Lanka will get underway at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua from March 04.