Sunil Narine T20 World Cup 2021 – Defending World Champions West Indies have announced their 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Just like other teams, West Indies’ squad also had some surprising names in the list. More than that some notable and big names failed to make a cut into the squad for World Cup. 2016 T20 WC Final hero, six-hitting hero Carlos Brathwaite was left out of the squad. However, 36-year-old Ravi Rampaul made a comeback in a West Indies T20I squad for the first time in six years. Roston Chase earned his T20I call-up for the first time. However, the most surprising omission is of off-spinner Sunil Narine. He has established himself as one of the best spinners in franchise cricket all over the globe. Sunil Narine T20 World Cup 2021 absence is a huge set back for his fans. His fans want to know why Sunil Narine is not selected in West Indies T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.
West Indies T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
Squad: Kieron Pollard (Captain), Nicholas Pooran (Vice Captain), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh jr
Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein
Sunil Narine was the top-ranked spinner in the world at a time. Apart from bowling, he also established himself as a hard-hitter who can bat at the top of the order and could have been a weapon for the team in the upcoming tournament. But unfortunately he was not selected in the 15-member squad.
Why Sunil Narine is not selected in West Indies T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Sunil Narine is not selected in the West Indies team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman for fitness reasons. West Indies chief selector Roger Harper has cited fitness concerns as the main reason behind Narine exclusion.
“As well as he has been performing he is one of a few players who did not meet our fitness criteria, so he was not eligible for selection. Sunil Narine is a great miss for a team like this in a tournament like this. Any team would miss having a bowler of that quality in the team but as I mentioned with Rutherford and some of the others Sunil also did not make our fitness standards.” Harper said.
Both Rutherford and Narine failed to meet the minimum mark in the Yo-Yo Endurance Test. However, in some cases players can be given a medical exemption by the Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical committee.
Narine last played for the West Indies in the India tour of the West Indies in 2019. But he has been a crucial player for Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) during the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He played an important role in the bowling attack and took 11 wickets at an average of 13.90, an economy rate of 4.78 and a strike rate of 17.4.
Sunil Narine T20 World Cup 2021 omission is a great setback for many cricket fans around the globe. This is because Narine has played in almost every franchise league. Be it CPL or BBL, the West Indian has been a part of it in the past.
Sunil Narine gave a superb performance in IPL 2021 playoffs to make sure his team reaches the final. Even after all this he will not be a part of T20 World Cup 2021 squad for after failing to match their fitness standards.
West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard has also confirmed that all-rounder Sunil Narine will not be included in the 15-member squad even after his all-round performance for Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing season of IPL.