Even as entire cricketdom heaved a sigh of relief after it was clarified by Darren Sammy that the West Indian players were not intending to skip the World T20 on account of payment tussle with the WICB, there’s now erupted a new problem for the cricketing archipelago.
Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine have withdrawn themselves from the event leaving a huge gap in the West Indian squad strength. Pollard has been out of action since November 2015 after he sustained an injury to his knee and is yet to recuperate fully, which has led to him pulling out of the World T20. Earlier, Pollard had to cut short his sojourn in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge as he was also forced to miss out on this year’s Big Bash League.
In Narine’s case, the spinner’s still not satisfied with his work to tweak his bowling action as per the laid-out ICC norms. Narine’s bowling action, when tested, was found to be exceeding the 15-degree limit and as accordingly he had been suspended from bowling in international tournaments. The West Indian selectors however had hoped that Narine would be able to modify his bowling action suitably well within time for the World T20. This withdrawal then is similar to him pulling out of the squad right before the start of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup citing a similar reason.
Carlos Brathwaite meanwhile has been roped in to take Pollard’s place in the team as an all-rounder. The 27-year old Barbadian, despite his limited appearances for the Caribbean national squad has justified his recent inclusions in the team. The World T20 will thus be an exciting challenge for Brathwaite.
No player however has been named as a replacement for Sunil Narine.