With the T20 World Cup set to start on October 17, many cricket followers would have anticipated the West Indies to incorporate Sunil Narine as a last-minute change to their squad. The spinner has been in unbelievable type for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season’s playoff stage. He emerged as his aspect’s star participant within the Eliminator towards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday, taking 4 wickets and enjoying a match-winning knock of 26 runs off 15 deliveries. But West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has confirmed that there will not be any change to the aspect forward of the ICC’s deadline on Friday. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Pollard mentioned that Narine wouldn’t make the lower for the showpiece occasion to be held within the UAE and Oman.
“If I add my two cents or my words on how his non-inclusion came about, then it could be spun – just like how he’s bowling on these Sharjah wickets – in all different directions. Let’s deal with the fifteen guys that we have here at this moment in time, which is more important, and see if we can rally around these guys and see if we can defend our title”, Pollard mentioned.
The all-rounder additionally talked about that Narine is his “friend first” and in addition referred to as him a “world-class cricketer”.
“I have no comments on that. Enough has been said on that. I think persons have explained the reason of his non-inclusion at this point in time. For me personally, I know Sunil Narine as a friend first, before an international cricketer. We grew up playing cricket together. He is a world-class cricketer”, he mentioned.
Since IPL 2021’s resumption in UAE, Narine has additionally registered 11 wickets in eight video games. In the UAE pitches, he has solely registered 6.12 runs per over within the event. He will subsequent be seen in motion within the upcoming Qualifier 2 on Wednesday between KKR and Delhi Capitals (DC) for a spot within the remaining.