Sunil Narine indicates he’s “not ready” for West Indies return

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Sunil Narine‘s absence from West Indies’ T20I squad to play Sri Lanka next month came after he told the selectors that he was “not ready” to return to international cricket.

Narine played four games for Trinidad and Tobago in the Super50 Cup – though missed Saturday’s final through injury – but has not played for West Indies in any format since August 2019. He was placed on a ‘warning list’ amid suspicions of an illegal bowling action during last year’s IPL, but has since been cleared to bowl.

“Sunil Narine had indicated earlier that he is not ready to return to international cricket,” Roger Harper, Cricket West Indies’ lead selector, said. “He’s still fine-tuning his game and getting himself ready. From that perspective, he wasn’t considered for this series.”

In Narine’s absence, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair and Fabian Allen will be West Indies’ main spin options in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday, March 3. Harper confirmed that Gudakesh Motie, the left-arm spinner who was the Super50’s leading wicket-taker going into Saturday’s final, had been considered for selection but said that the selection panel wanted to give Hosein another opportunity after his impressive performances in Bangladesh.

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