New Delhi. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said that spinner Sunil Narine will not be included in the Caribbean team for the T20 World Cup despite a good performance for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021. 33-year-old Narine showed great batting in addition to taking four wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Narine has taken 11 wickets in eight matches in the UAE leg but has not played an international match since August 2019. For this reason, the current champion West Indies did not keep him in the team for the T20 World Cup. The ICC deadline to make changes to the team ends on October 15.
Pollard told ESPNcricinfo, “If I talk about the reasons for not including him in the team, then it can be presented in a twisted manner. It is better if we focus on the 15 players that we have now. This is more important for us. We have to work on whether we can defend our title with these players.” Pollard said, “I don’t want to comment on this. Much has been said on this. I think the reasons for not including him in the team were explained then. Personally, I consider Sunil Narine a better friend than an international cricketer. We grew up playing together. He is a world class cricketer.
Pollard, however, wants Andre Russell in his team, who has not played any IPL match since 26 September due to injury. “We haven’t got a chance to see him. We have got reports of what he is doing. I can’t say right now what he should and should not do. He is an important member of our team and we want to see him 100 per cent fit, but we have to play according to the conditions we face.
West Indies squad for T20 World Cup: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Reserve players: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akil Hossein.